On 9 October 2021, the European Commission (EC), represented by the Horizon Europe Chief Negotiator Signe Ratso, concluded the formal negotiations with Israel on its association to Horizon Europe. The process to formalise the agreement has been launched and the objective is to sign the agreement before the end of the year.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the EU-Israel successful collaboration in research & innovation. It dates back to 1996 when Israel first associated to the EU 4th Framework Programme for Research. Since then, and in view of shared concerns and common goals, this cooperation has been consistently evolving generating win-win benefits along the way. In return to giving Israel access to a vast international research network, the European Research Area has benefited from Israel’s high levels of excellence as well as outstanding innovation capacity. Joint research efforts have resulted in many success stories across different thematic priorities for the EU including climate change, public health, safe transportation etc.
Association to Horizon Europe is the closest form of cooperation in research & Innovation with non-EU countries. It is marked by joint projects and mutual access to a wider pool of excellence, innovation and research infrastructures.