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Turkey will get full access to the European Union's new seven year research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, under an agreement signed today in Istanbul. Turkey has been associated to EU research framework programmes since 2003. Under the last programme (2007-13) over 1,000 participations from Turkish public and private institutions in some 950 projects received almost €200 million in EU funding.

In parallel to the agreement reached with Turkey, the EU is in the process of concluding association agreements with enlargement countries from the Western Balkans and other neighbouring countries. The EEA/EFTA states of Norway and Iceland joined Horizon 2020 at the beginning of May.

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