Change of Status in EU-funded Projects for Switzerland
On December 16, 2016 the Swiss Federal Council ratified the Protocol on the extension to Croatia of the Free Movement of Persons Agreement between the EU and Switzerland. The adoption of this protocol has been the last road block for Swiss entities in regaining full participation in EU-funded programs (Horizon 2020).
Starting January 1, 2017 Switzerland will be back in Horizon 2020 as full associated member state regaining the same rights as EU member states within the program. This ends a period of more than 2 years of restriction with partial association of Switzerland and therefore limited participation of Swiss entities in EU research programs.