At the initiative of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDIO), the V4 Horizon Europe Task Force has started its work. The online meeting on 2 February was attended by twenty-nine experts from national ministries, research funding agencies, Permanent Representations and Brussels based RDI offices. The agenda of the first meeting included measures to improve the participation of each country in the Horizon Europe Research Framework Program.
The online meeting was opened by the Vice President of NRDIO, István Szabó, who presented some statistics about the participation of regional stakeholders in the previous research framework programme, Horizon 2020. This was followed by short presentations of V4 countries on national objectives and support measures linked to the new framework programme, Horizon Europe. After the presentations, participants had a lively discussion about good practice examples, common difficulties and possible solutions concerning participation. In the second half of the event the so-called widening part of Horizon Europe was discussed in more detail. The next meeting of the working group is planned by the end of March, when the policy agenda of the European Research Area and the synergies between framework programmes and structural funds will be on the programme.