Tunis (UNA-OIC) – Tunisia has formally expressed interest in joining the new “Horizon Europe Framework Program”, in order to continue the Tunisian-EU partnership in the field of research and innovation, a European Commission press release issued on Friday reads.
This interest was expressed during President Kais Saied’s visit to Brussels on June 4 and through his talks with President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Parliament David Maria Sassoli, the press release specified.
“These meetings provided an opportunity to underline the depth of historical ties between the European Union and Tunisia dating back almost half a century in a spirit of constantly evolving strategic partnership.”
Tunisia is one of the countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean which has benefited most from its participation in European research programs since 1 January 2016 and is the only country of the Southern Neighborhood and Africa associated with the European “Horizon 2020” Framework Program for Research and Innovation.
“Tunisian organizations benefited 87 times from 68 grants funded under «Horizon 2020», receiving €11.2 million of direct EU contribution enabling very advanced cooperation with European research centers.”
Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding program for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.