Universities fear for research after EU deal breakdown
In particular, they fear the consequences for Swiss participation in the EU’s key Horizon Europe research programmes and the Erasmus+ student exchange scheme. Yves Flückiger, University of Geneva rector and president of swissuniversities, the sector’s umbrella body, tweeted that the decision was “unfortunately not a surprise, but still a big disappointment. I am very worried about the future of the Swiss science community”.
The government’s announcement on Wednesday 26 May marks the end of years of negotiations towards a Swiss-EU ‘framework’ treaty to regulate long-term ties. Universities fear that this could lead to Switzerland being once again barred from EU research programmes, as happened in 2014 after the controversial vote to re-introduce immigration quotas for EU citizens.
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