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The United Kingdom brought a first appeal against the European Union to denounce the relative "persistent delays" to its association with European scientific research programs, negotiated in 2020.
The announcement marks a new climbing of tensions between London and Brussels, eighteen months after the signing of the post-Brexit agreement on trade relations between the two Powers. The British government announced Tuesday evening that it had taken action against the European Union due to the "persistent delays" in its access to European scientific programs, actuating for the first time a provision "provided for in the trade agreement and cooperation between the United Kingdom and the EU to resolve disagreements ”between them.
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A decision which appears as a judicial response, one month after the EU opening of four new procedures for the infringement against the United Kingdom for non-compliance with the customs provisions provided after Brexit in the Protocol on Ireland North.
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The association of the United Kingdom on the Horizon Europe scientific program, which benefits from an envelope of 100 million euros, and other research programs-Euratom, the Copernicus project, the Earth Earth Observation Program - was decided as part of the treaty signed in December 2020, which organizes future relations between the two diplomatic entities. The English foreign ministry said on Tuesday that the EU persisted "to refuse to finalize access to the United Kingdom", despite the inclusion of other countries such as Israel and Turkey.
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"Vitale scientific cooperation"
"from our point of view, (18 months) is an unreasonable delay and which leads to deleterious effects for the scientific community", explains a British diplomat in the Financial Times. "The EU clearly violates our agreement, constantly trying to give a political tour to vital scientific cooperation, and by refusing to give access to these important programs," said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, main candidate for The succession of Boris Johnson, cited in the press release. "This is why the United Kingdom has initiated legal proceedings and will not fail to implement all the means available to protect the interests of the scientific community."
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In response, the European Union announces that it has read the appeal. "The Commission is acknowledging receipt of the United Kingdom's consultation request and will follow up in accordance with the applicable rules, defined in the Post-Brexit agreement, said commission spokesperson Daniel Ferrie on Wednesday. The follow-ups of this appeal are still unknown but the spokesperson specified earlier that no delay resulting from the trade relations agreement between the two blocks did not commit the European Union to associate London with its scientific research programs, conceding that the file has "serious difficulties".
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