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Committee holds final evidence session on Erasmus and Horizon

09 January 2019

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from Jane Racz, Director, Erasmus+ UK National Agency, Madeleine Rose, Deputy Director, Erasmus+ UK National Agency and the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Chris Skidmore MP.

Background

This is the last evidence session of the Sub-Committee’s inquiry on the implications of Brexit for UK participation in the EU student exchange and university research funding programmes: Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020. The November 2018 draft Withdrawal Agreement would facilitate continued UK participation in both programmes until the end of their current phases in 2020, but whether and how the UK will associate with their successor programmes remains unclear. The first panel will focus on the implications of leaving the EU for the UK's participation in Erasmus. The Minister will then answer questions about the impact of Brexit on both programmes.

Witnesses

Wednesday 9 January 2019, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am:

  • Jane Racz, Director, Erasmus+ UK National Agency
  • Madeleine Rose, Deputy Director, Erasmus+ UK National Agency

At 11.40am:

  • Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Possible Questions

Panel 1:

  • How has Erasmus+ enhanced opportunities for international cooperation and learning mobility in the UK?
  • Have UK applications to Erasmus+ been affected by the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit?
  • Do you think that continued UK participation in Erasmus would be beneficial to the EU as well as the UK?

Panel 2:

  • What action is the Government taking to mitigate the impact on UK participants in Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal?
  • How will the Government's guarantee to underwrite successful funding bids to EU programmes work in practice?
  • What is the Government’s position on future association as a third country to the 2021-2027 Erasmus and Horizon Europe programmes?
  • If future association with Erasmus and Horizon does not prove possible or desirable, will the Government establish replacement research funding and international mobility programmes?

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