KYIV (QHA) -

Ukraine has become an associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Today, October 5 in Geneva, the Head of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva Yuri Klimenko handed the letter of notification of the Agreement between Ukraine and the European Organization for Nuclear Research to CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti, accoding to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

CERN Associate Member status gives Ukrainian scientists a unique opportunity to gain experience in cutting-edge research, work at CERN as employees, and participate in career development programs. It will also expand the access to CERN projects and educational programs that will enhance the efficiency of scientific research and training of highly qualified scientific personnel.

The Ministry of Education emphasize that from October 1 this year, research institutions and enterprises of Ukraine may participate in CERN tenders and receive orders for the manufacture of high-tech equipment.

“Ukraine gained associate membership in CERN which allows Ukrainian industrialists to compete for contracts with CERN. Moreover, it will provide opportunities for industrial cooperation in the fields of modern technologies.”

The Ministry of Education pointed out that, given the considerable scientific potential of Ukraine it was proposed a unique form of cooperation, the associate membership in the CERN. Therefore, Ukraine will have to pay a much smaller amount of contributions than the other 22 member states. At the same time Ukraine may participate in all forms of scientific cooperation, the existing for CERN members.

September 15-16, 2016, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Lilia Grinevich was on a working visit to CERN. She met with Charlotte L. Varakaule, Director for International Relations of CERN and Christoph Schaefer, Advisor to the Director General of CERN. Together they refined the final procedural arrangements for the Ukraine's associate membership.

The agreement was signed in 2013 and ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 2014. However, the agreement was not possible to notify, as Ukraine had no funds required for the appropriate fee. The budget for 2016 was laid down for the payment of fee expenses in the amount of 250 Swiss francs, which alllowed to notify the Agreement October 1, 2016.

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