The European Commission represented by the Horizon Europe Chief Negotiator and Deputy Director General Signe Ratso as well as deputy Chief Negotiator Ruta Zarnauskaite concluded the first negotiation rounds for Horizon Europe association for North Macedonia on 24 June 2021.
All the negotiation partners highlighted their high interest in rapidly associating to the programme and expressed their general alignment with EC’s strategic priorities. In these meetings, the EC negotiation team explained the Financial Contribution Model of the Association Agreement and the main elements of the Sound Financial Management.
The second round of negotiation will take place in July 2021. The aim is to conclude the negotiations in autumn and sign the association agreements by the end of 2021.