Post-2020 UK participation in EU funding programmes


Schuman Associates recently carried out a research project for the British Council analysing the future 2021-2027 EU-funded programmes, Creative Europe, Horizon Europe and Erasmus, and the implications of a possible Third country participation by the UK in those programmes.

This study aims to support British organisations in the fields of culture, research and education to:

  • understand the upcoming 2021–2027 programming period
  • grasp the implications of a possible Third country participation by the UK within the future EU-funded programmes, Creative Europe, Horizon Europe and Erasmus
  • advocate for the best scenario possible

Many non-EU countries maintain close ties with the EU and have developed different models of co-operation over the years. The UK may learn from these in order to negotiate its future relationship with the EU.

There are no existing co-operation models that would immediately meet the demands of the UK of granting access to the Single Market and maintaining close economic ties, while at the same time limiting the free movement of people. A new type of agreement may need to be found, perhaps based on a series of individual agreements on specific policies. The ideal scenario for the UK would be a tailored approach encompassing the elements that work best from the established models.

Download the complete report.

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