Israel asks EU to reconsider Horizon 2020 stance

By Catie Lichten
09-08-2013

Israel’s deputy foreign minister Ze’ev Elkin has called on the EU to ease its plans to exclude researchers in settlement areas from EU funding, ahead of meetings to discuss whether Israel will participate in Horizon 2020.

Elkin has said he is willing to negotiate on the terms of Israel’s participation in Horizon 2020, following reports that the country’s involvement could be in jeopardy. But according to a Reuters report on 9 August, the minister has said the deal currently on the table from the EU—under which researchers in the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank would be excluded from funding—is not acceptable to Israel.

“We are ready to hold a creative dialogue with the Europeans. We understand their position. We reject it, we don’t like it, but it’s their right when it comes to using their money,” Elkin reportedly told an Israeli radio station. “But if the terms are the way they are today—unprecedented and several steps beyond anything heretofore—then we won’t be able to [take part].”…

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