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Israel is now an associate member of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research based in Geneva, Switzerland. The agreement, signed Friday Sep. 16, is the first step toward full membership, expected in the next few months.
The signing of the agreement with CERN comes at the end of a long and challenging process by various Israel government ministries (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Science, the Planning & Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, and the Prime Minister’s Office), and must be ratified by the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.
The agreement is testimony to Europe‘s recognition of Israel‘s scientific and technological capabilities, of the quality of its scientists, and of its contribution throughout many years to the research activities of CERN.