The European Commission has revealed that it has ended all cooperation with Russian public entities in research and education, thus aborting the ongoing grant agreements and payments to Russian public bodies.
In this reference, Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner, has stated further regulations regarding the interference of Russian public entities and individuals in the Research and Innovation Framework Programmes and Euratom.
Because of the upsurge of the war against Ukraine and following the sanctions taken to date, the sources provided.
The Commissioner has also declared that it will also terminate the participation of Russian public entities in Erasmus.
The European Commission asked the services to end the ongoing grant agreements and subsequent payments to Russian public bodies or affiliated organizations as part of the Research and Innovation Framework Programs, Euratom, and the Erasmus + program.
Through the statement, Commissioner Gabriel stressed that this also includes the conclusion, the participation of Russian public entities or bodies in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).
Ukraine signed its agreement to associate with both Horizon Europe and Euratom research and training programs in October 2021.
While to ensure that successful Ukrainian beneficiaries can receive funding from EU R&I programs, the Commissioner has announced that they have taken administrative steps to confirm this.
In addition, in principle, MSCA scholarships and grants from the European Research Council (ERC) lead investigators for Russian individuals to remain possible.
“I have asked to terminate the participation of Russian public entities or bodies in all ongoing and future Erasmus+ actions. This also includes termination of all payments to Russian public bodies or related organizations,” she also noted.
According to the Commissioner, Russian students, researchers, and academic staff will remain eligible for short-term exchanges, and Russian students and researchers will remain suitable for degree mobility.
“A thorough screening against the EU sanction lists will be conducted. Student and staff exchanges towards Russia also remain eligible,” she pointed out in this regard.