TALLINN – According to the economic affairs committee of the Estonian parliament, the forthcoming membership of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will open up new opportunities for the Estonian economy and science, for example, companies will be able to participate in CERN procurements.
The committee also sent a bill, with which Estonia will become an associate member of CERN next year, to the Riigikogu for ratification, Riigikogu spokespeople said.
Committee chairman Sven Sester said that upon ratification of the agreement, Estonia will become an associate member of CERN in the first stage for up to five years, which means limited benefits, but this limit will disappear upon becoming a full member. "This so-called probationary period lasts two to five years and one cannot become a member without it," Sester said in a press release.
He said that upon accession, Estonian entrepreneurs will be able to participate in CERN's procurements, special attention will be paid to the field of high technology and the ICT sector and the electronics sector will have the best prospects and opportunities.
"According to a survey conducted a few years ago, there are at least 39 companies in Estonia that would be interested in participating in CERN's procurements. Of course, financial benefits are not the only benefits, let us think about even the quality label that a company or a person who has worked with CERN will receive," Sester said.
Committe member Kalvi Kova said that research and scientists, especially in the field of high technology, will benefit greatly from joining the Organization for Nuclear Research. Engineers and researchers will have the opportunity to work and practice at CERN. According to Kova, this will also lead to the transfer of knowledge to Estonian business and science.
"Of course, the status of an associate member also provides an opportunity to participate in research and experiments. Thus, joining CERN is very useful for Estonia and offers new opportunities," Kova added.
The aim of CERN is to ensure cooperation between European countries in the field of pure and basic nuclear research and related research. CERN is based in Geneva.