Ukraine has become the associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); Vice Premier Kostiantyn Hryschenko signed a respective agreement on Thursday on behalf of Ukraine.
Head of the State Agency on Science, Innovations and Informatization Volodymyr Semynozhenko said that the signing represented the scientific integration of Ukraine into the European Union. “We can say that this is the first step towards Ukraine's acquisition of associate membership of the EU. We have made a significant contribution to the development of European science,” the official said. According to him, Ukrainian physicists are well-known at CERN, due to their successful participation in the project of the Large Hadron Collider. Semynozhenko also said that 47 Ukrainian scientists were currently working at the organization. CERN is an inter-governmental organization, one of the leading research centres of the European community, and the world's largest laboratory of high energy physics. It is located near Geneva on the. Ukraine started cooperation with CERN in 1993.