On the morning of 19th of June, the Estonian Prime Minister Mr Jüri Ratas and European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Director General Fabiola Gianotti signed the Agreement admitting Estonia as an Associate Member in the pre-stage to Membership of CERN. The Ceremony was initially planned to take place physically in Geneva in the end of March, but was postponed due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
Estonia has been cooperating with CERN since 1996. At the ceremony, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas emphasized that the Associate Membership will open many new opportunities to strengthen this cooperation: ´´The work done by CERN in bringing forward innovation worldwide is very important to Estonia and we are happy to become a part of this effort,´´ he added. The Prime Minister was certain that this agreement will help to boost cooperation among scientists, ease knowledge-transfer among students, engineers and teachers and also open new opportunities for joint research and development activities for Estonian companies, namely the IT- , deep-tech and electronics sector.
As a next step, the Agreement will be ratified by the Estonian Parliament. The Associate Membership Agreement between Estonia and CERN will be in force for a period of 2-5 years, after which a new agreement will be signed admitting Estonia to a full member of CERN.
The pictures of the ceremony can be found here: http://cds.cern.ch/record/2721221?ln=en