Research: Turkey inks deal to become CERN associate member

13 May, 18:55

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, MAY 13 - Turkey has become an associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) after signing the membership agreement at the organization's center in Geneva on May 12 as daily Hurriyet online reports.

    The associate membership agreement that was signed by Turkey's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ferden Carikci, and CERN Director General Rolf Heuer is expected to strengthen Turkey's relations with the European institution as well as boosting opportunities for development in the field. Associate membership will allow Turkey to attend meetings of the CERN Council as well as bid for CERN contracts, thus opening up opportunities for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology, the statement read. Moreover, it will allow Turkish scientists to become members of the CERN staff, and to participate in CERN's training and career development programs. Turkey avoided changing its observer status to full member three years ago because of a high membership fee and claims that Turkish companies did not have the sufficient technological capacity to participate in CERN tenders.

    The Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) reportedly announced that it did not find it "productive" to pay 70 million Turkish Liras (approximately 24,5 million euro) per year to CERN. Turkey was granted observer status at CERN in 1961.


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