Parliament has to ratify deal with CERN this year, Semynozhenko says

The Verkhovna Rada in 2014 has to ratify an agreement on Ukraine’s associated membership in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) signed last year. Chairman of the State Agency for Science, Innovation and Informatization Volodymyr Semynozhenko told reporters on Thursday.

“The next step has to be the ratification of the agreement on Ukraine’s associated membership in CERN by the Verkhovna Rada. This is an important step that will put into operation the agreement with CERN and intensify bilateral cooperation. The agency is now taking the necessary procedural measures related to the implementation of all internal procedures that are needed for the ratification of the agreement,” he said.

Semynozhenko said it will provide favorable conditions for the integration of Ukraine to the European academic and research space at the interstate level, and enhance the capacities of Ukrainian research institutions and enterprises to participate in CERN tenders, fulfill orders for high-tech equipment, and conduct research in nuclear industry medicine.

“As an associate member, Ukraine will be able to join the development of new materials, development and introduction of new computing and information technology, development of grid networks, send young scientists for training and continue cooperation within CERN research projects,” Semynozhenko added.