Association agreements enabling Turkey's official participation in the Horizon Europe, the world's largest R&D programme, and Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) Programmes which will enable thousands of our citizens to travel to Europe were signed in Brussels on October 27, 2021 by His Excellency Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs, and Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture and Youth.
Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, the President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and İlker Astarcı, the President of the Turkish National Agency, also attended the signing ceremony representing the institutions responsible for the execution of the Programmes in Turkey.
Assessing the importance of the new period of these Programs, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Kaymakcı underlined “Today, we signed the association agreements on Horizon Europe, the world's largest civilian R&D and innovation programme as well as Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Programmes, which aim to pave the way for tens of thousands of our citizens to travel to Europe every year. Thanks to these Programmes, our citizens will be able to develop projects, technologies and conduct research and activities which target contributing to solving global problems on equal terms with EU citizens. These projects will accelerate the digital and green transformation of our country, especially the fulfilment of our obligations to the Paris Climate Agreement, which came into force recently. Additionally, our students and young population will have the opportunity to study and volunteer in Europe. I wish the new period of the Programmes to be beneficial for our country, our citizens, as well as for Europe".