Western Balkan countries make recommendations for Horizon Europe
The Western Balkan countries are calling for Horizon Europe to contribute to closing research & innovation EU-Western Balkans gaps. The Ministries responsible for science from these countries have issued their initial joint position on the participation of Western Balkan countries in Horizon Europe. In their statement, they call for a "balanced geographical spread of research and innovation investment across Europe". To help deliver on the promise of “Sharing Excellence”, 3% of the Framework Programme budget should be allocated to this instrument, according to the paper.
Amongst other issues, the statement welcomes the emphasis of Horizon Europe on innovation and welcomes Horizon Europe objectives, emphasizing the importance of substantial increase in investing into researchers and the research infrastructure as a prerequisite to building long-term, sustainable excellence in research but also stimulate the excellence–based competition of research across borders, to bring together the best researchers to collaborate on cutting edge research across Europe. Excellence in science and research is regarded as being essential to changing the growth model of the Western Balkans to an innovation led, value-added, knowledge economy, which would contribute to closing the economic divide between the Western Balkans and the European Union.
The preparation and distribution of the joint statement has been facilitated by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). The RCC is an all-inclusive, regionally owned and led cooperation framework. This framework engages RCC participants from the South East Europe (SEE), members of the international community and donors on subjects which are important and of interest to the SEE, with a view to promoting and advancing the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the region.
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