Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the timeline is for the negotiations between the UK Representatives and European Union counterparts on UK association to Horizon Europe.
The terms for UK association to EU Programmes (including Horizon Europe) were agreed under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement in December 2020. The EU subsequently refused to finalise association, linking it to the unrelated issue of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Following the agreement of the Windsor Framework, we welcome that the EU has shown openness to discussions and we look forward to working constructively together. Any revised terms would need to reflect the financial reality that we have missed over two years of the seven-year programme.