What progress has been made on securing Welsh access to EU Programmes for example Erasmus Plus, Horizon Europe, Creative Europe and Interreg?
Answered by Julie James on behalf of Jeremy Miles:
The Welsh Government has consistently called for the UK Government to negotiate continued participation to successor EU programmes including Erasmus Plus, Horizon Europe, Creative Europe and Interreg. The UK Government has already ruled out future participation in a number of successor EU programmes and is only negotiating on a narrow set as published in the UK Government’s Approach to the negotiations (available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-approach-to-the-future-relationship-with-the-eu). These include participation in Horizon Europe, Euratom Research and Training, and Copernicus and partial participation in elements of Erasmus Plus on a time limited basis. The UK Government is also seeking to negotiate service access agreements to the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking, and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service.
Welsh Ministers have made the case for the UK Government to negotiate the option for Wales to be able to participate in all successor EU programmes even where the UK Government does not wish England do so. To date the UK Government has refused to negotiate such an option.
The negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, including participation in successor EU programmes, are ongoing and both sides aim to reach agreement by autumn 2020.