Updated: 08 August 2016

OEE has obtained assurances from the European Commission that all existing contracts to award Commission funds (such as Horizon 2020, LIFE, NER 300,...) and all financing contracts with the European Investment Bank (such as InnovFin, EFSI, loans and equity,...) for companies and organisations in the UK are still valid and binding.

Moreover, for as long as the United Kingdom is a member of the European Union, companies and organisations in the UK have the right to apply for funding or financing under new calls or programmes.

Should the UK government notify its decision to cease membership of the EU, the process and negotiations would last several years. During this time, the UK would still be a member of the EU and UK companies and organisations have the right to apply for funding, financing and support from all EU programmes.

"Until this process of negotiations is over, the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union, with all the rights and obligations that derive from this. (…) EU law continues to apply to the full to and in the United Kingdom (..). Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, 24 June 2016.

The EC's DG RTD website includes this brief statement on H2020 http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=ukref.


UPDATE: On August 8th Ocean Energy Europe issued its members with a briefing on the state of EU funds and finance following the referendup. This initial assessment is available in the members area under membership briefings. If you are not yet a member of OEE but wish to benefit from this and future briefings, you can find out more on becoming a member here


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