Ukraine became an associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). It is reported by the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science.
Today the Head of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva Yuriy Klimenko handed the letter of notification of the agreement between Ukraine and the European Organization for Nuclear Research to the CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti.
"The status of associated member at CERN is a unique opportunity for Ukrainian scientists to gain experience of participation in advanced research work at CERN as employees, and participate in career development programs. Also, it will improve access to projects and educational CERN programs, enhance the efficiency of scientific research and highly qualify scientific workers", reads the statement.
The department explained that the research institutions and enterprises of Ukraine can now participate in CERN tenders and receive orders for the manufacture of high-tech equipment.
"This will enable Ukrainian industrialists to compete for contracts with the CERN and provide opportunities for industrial cooperation in the fields of modern technologies", the report says.
The Education Ministry said Ukraine was suggested a unique form of cooperation - it will become one of the associate member of CERN, and therefore will pay significantly lower fees than the 22 Member States of the organization. At the same time Ukraine may take part in all forms of scientific collaboration that are possible for the members of CERN.
The department explained that the agreement was signed in 2013 and ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 2014. However, it was not possible to notify an agreement because Ukraine did not have the funds required for the payment of the contribution.
In the budget for 2016 were laid down for the payment of fee expenses in the amount of 250 Swiss francs (about 230 euros), making it possible to notify an agreement as of October 1, 2016.