Measures towards Belarus and non-government-controlled territories of Ukraine
COST is committed to building and maintaining bridges in the European Research Area. Nevertheless, being funded by the EU Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, COST shall freeze cooperation with Action participants affiliated to Belarusian institutions and to non-government controlled territories institutions of Ukraine, under the current circumstances.
Please note that, as of 2 March 2023 and until further notice:
Participation and eligibility of COST Action participants affiliated to a legal entity established in Belarus or in non-government controlled territories of Ukraine shall be suspended for all COST Actions and COST activities. Therefore, COST Action participants affiliated to a legal entity established in Belarus or in non-government controlled territories of Ukraine shall not be invited to participate in any type of Action activities ;
Belarusian-affiliated WG members and WG members affiliated to a legal entity established in non-government controlled territories of Ukraine are suspended from this role and their WG membership status frozen. In case Actions receive new WG membership applications from Belarusian-affiliated participants and from non-government controlled territories of Ukraine, please note that the request(s) cannot be approved (active WG members who are concerned will be informed directly).
Any Action activity is not allowed to take place in Belarus or in non-government controlled territories of Ukraine;
Goods and services provided by Belarusian individuals/entities or by individuals/entities established in non-government controlled territories of Ukraine are not allowed (for example for communication and dissemination products within the Action);
If Belarusian nationals participate in a COST Action affiliated to a legal entity not established in Belarus, the Grant Holder shall proceed with a screening to ensure that such persons are not on the EU sanction lists. The sanction list can be consulted here. If that is the case, these participants shall not be invited or reimbursed for attending any Action activity. Any such reimbursement will be removed from e-COST.
In this regard the Annex I of Level A Country and Organisations table has been updated to include these measures.
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