Today, the first negotiation meeting was held between representatives of
Israel and the European Union regarding Israel’s participation in the EU R&D
program for the years 2014-2020, known as Horizon 2020.
Israel has taken part in this EU program since 1996 and its contribution
over the years has been highly appreciated by European research institutions and
companies, especially with respect to groundbreaking research and
Today’s discussions focused on drafting a Memorandum of Understanding
which, upon concluding the negotiation, will detail rules and procedures for
Israel’s participation, including financial aspects.
At the outset of today’s session, the Israeli side presented its position
which views with gravity the internal guidelines adopted (19.7.2013) by the
European Commission regarding the territorial extension of agreements with
Israel. Israel expressed its hope that a way to reach positive understandings on
the guidelines’ implementation will be found, so as to enable Israel to
participate in Horizon 2020. It was emphasized that, should such understandings
not be reached, Israel will be unable to join the European R&D