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News article29 October 2020Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

25th EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee

On 27 October 2020, the EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee meeting, the last one under Horizon 2020, was held online due to the pandemic. The meeting was co-chaired by Deputy Director-General Signe Ratso, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission) and by Deputy Director-General Philipp Langer, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

Photo from the online meeting
Ms Signe Ratso and Mr Philipp Langer

The following points were addressed:

  • Switzerland's level of participation in Horizon 2020: Switzerland is by far the most active associated country, both in terms of participations and EU budget contribution. It has a very high success rate and its participation is now reaching the level of FP7 totals, despite the fact that association to Horizon 2020 was only partial from 2014 to 2016;
  • Switzerland's very active participation in the research and training programme of Euratom where their association continues in 2019-2020; and
  • Progress made in relation to the ITER project and Fusion for Energy activities, where Switzerland is a key player.

In addition, information was exchanged by the two parties on a number of programmes such as the European partnerships, European Universities or EuroHPC.

The European Commission and Switzerland praised the quality of their cooperation, which represents a strong contribution to Europe’s global R&I leadership.

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Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation


Publication date
29 October 2020
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation