Unofficial talks between State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio and Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research at the European Commission

Bern, Press releases, 11.07.2014

Unofficial talks regarding Switzerland's participation in the Horizon 2020 research programme took place on the fringes of a visit by the European Commission's Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, to CERN in Geneva on 10 July. No official proposal has been made by the European Commission on Switzerland's renewed participation.

The meeting between State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio and Director-General Robert-Jan Smits in Geneva was used to discuss a number of technical and substantive issues regarding Switzerland's participation in certain elements of the EU research programmes (Horizon 2020 package).

The European Commission has not made an official proposal on Switzerland's renewed participation, which is why the meeting was not an official negotiation. Both sides therefore agreed not to disclose the content of the talks. Further information will be released as and when an outcome has been reached.

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