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Ukraine signs association with CERN

11 October 2013, 16:44

Agreement with CERN is scientific integration of Ukraine to the European Union.

On October 3, 2013, CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer and Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko signed at CERN headquarters in Geneva an agreement between Ukraine and the European Organization for Nuclear Research on granting Ukraine the status of an associate member at CERN.

The Associate Membership of Ukraine will open a new era of cooperation that will strengthen the long-term partnership between CERN and the Ukrainian scientific community. Associate Membership will allow Ukraine to participate in the governance of CERN, through attending the meetings of the CERN Council. 

Moreover, it will allow Ukrainian scientists to become members of the CERN staff, and to participate in CERN’s training and career-development programmes. Finally, it will allow Ukrainian industry to bid for CERN contracts, thus opening up opportunities for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology.

Ukraine has cooperated with CERN since 1993. Ukraine and CERN signed a cooperation agreement in 1993, and a joint declaration in 2011, setting priorities in scientific-technical cooperation. Forty-seven Ukrainian scientists currently work at CERN.

In reality, Ukraine’s relationship with CERN dates back much further, principally through CERN’s cooperation with the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia, of which Ukraine is a member. 

CERN-JINR co-operation in the field of high-energy accelerators started in the early 1960s and ever since, the two institutions have formed a bridge between East and West that has made important contributions to the development of global, peaceful scientific cooperation. 

Rolf-Dieter Heuer, CERN Director General:

“Ukraine has been a strong participant in LHC (Large Hadron Collider - ed.) experiments and computing over recent years. Welcoming a new member of a family is always an emotional moment and I’m really delighted to see Ukraine on the way to Associate Membership.”

Mykola Azarov, Ukrainian Prime Minister:

“An agreement with CERN is a standard of the European integration of Ukraine as a state with sufficient scientific, unique technological and powerful industrial potential. The role of Ukrainian science was recognized due to your contribution to European science, in particular, cooperation as part of the Large Hadron Collider project. The agreement signed by the sides would help Ukraine receive orders from CERN for the production of high-tech equipment. In addition, domestic scientists will be able to promote their own and join the development of new technologies, as well as participate in joint training and research programs.”

Kostiantyn Hryshchenko, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister:

“Signing the CERN Associate Membership Agreement became an extremely important stage on the way of Ukraine’s European integration. The full involvement in the advanced European scientific projects and research conducted in CERN was set as a main priority in the field of international science and technology cooperation”.

Volodymyr Semynozhenko, the Chairman of the State Agency on Science, Innovation and Information Technology:

“The signing of this agreement can be considered a scientific integration of Ukraine into the European Union. We could say that it is the first step for Ukraine to become an associate member of the EU. We have made a significant contribution to the development of European science. Ukrainian physicists are well known at CERN thanks to the successful participation in a number of areas, and in recent years - as part of the Large Hadron Collider. Ukraine has cooperated with the European Organization for Nuclear Research for 20 years, but the status of a member – it is new opportunities and perspectives”.

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