17 June 2021 | Together with many fellow science, technology, and innovation organisations, EuroTech signed an open letter to the European Commission and the Swiss government to emphasise the importance of having Switzerland associated to the Horizon Europe framework programme for research and innovation. The association is at risk over the recently failed negotiations about market access.
“Switzerland is home to world-class research institutions and ranked among the most competitive and innovative countries for years. As an open nation to research and innovation, it contributes through its collaborations and co-authorships to the excellence of the European Research Area (ERA). Downgrading Switzerland to a Third Country would severely limit its expertise being brought into Horizon Europe projects tackling today’s and tomorrow’s global challenges. We are convinced that this would lead to a lose-lose situation, putting successful cooperation in strategic areas at risk and ultimately weaken the ERA as a whole.”