(9 Jul 2023) The European Union and New Zealand have today signed an agreement for the participation of New Zealand in EU Programmes. The agreement creates a long-lasting legal framework that regulates the terms and conditions for New Zealand’s participation in European programs, including its involvement in the governance structures and its financial contribution. The agreement opens the doors to New Zealand’s participation in the framework program for research and innovation Horizon Europe (2021-2027).
The agreement is expected to boost bilateral cooperation in research and innovation. The EU is New Zealand’s most significant regional science and innovation partner, with more than half of New Zealand’s researchers regularly engaged in active collaborations with EU partners. Around 4 000 businesses in New Zealand perform research and development activities, with many more engaging in innovation. New Zealand has 8 Universities, 7 Crown Research Institutes, and several independent research organisations.
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