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Austria backs Swiss association to EU R&D programme

Image: Bundeskamzleramt/Andy Wenzel

EU member state gives “full support” to neighbour, which remains locked out by bloc

The head of the Austrian government has thrown his weight behind the ongoing attempt by Switzerland to join the EU’s R&D programme, Horizon Europe, which continues to be rebuffed by the bloc owing to political disputes.

Karl Nehammer (pictured centre left), the Austrian chancellor, expressed “full support” for Swiss association to the €95.5 billion 2021-27 programme during talks with the new Swiss president Alain Berset (pictured centre right) in Vienna on 13 January, Austrian newspaper Heute reported.

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