Europe mulls blocking Israel, UK from quantum, space research programs


The European Union is moving to block Israel, along with few other countries, from cooperating in its quantum computing and space research programs under the Horizon Europe research fund, Science Magazine has reported. The proposal has yet to be approved by the 27 EU member states. If it passes, researchers from numerous countries would be shut out from these programs. Israel, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are among the countries that would be kicked out of these programs if the proposal passes. Despite not being part of the EU, these countries, along with several others, were expected to pay a fee for associate membership in the Horizon Europe Program. Under the proposal, while they would still be allowed to submit research grant proposals for these programs, this would significantly limit their access. Other countries that are at risk of being barred are part of the European Economic Area (EEA) like Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, though these three would still be eligible for quantum research under terms of the proposal.

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