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Latvia’s accession to the CERN

Latvia's goal is to become an associated member state of CERN and, as such, strengthen the national high-energy particle physics community to become a full member of CERN at a later date. CERN representatives have expressed thei wilingness to facilitate the growth of Latvian particle physics community. «Latvia's participation in CERN is considered to be an important indicator of the quality and competitiveness of science and innovation, which creates new opportunities and promotes competitiveness of Latvian enterprises in the development of new high value added products,» says Kārlis Šadurskis, the Minister of Education and Science.1

Prime Minister Maris Kučinskis met with Director General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN Fabiola Gianotti on Thursday, January 25, in Davos. A letter was sent to CERN in May 2017 about Latvia's potential willingness to join CERN. Now this issue is also formally on the agenda of the Latvian government, including the issue of allocating state budget funds to CERN. It is planned that this issue will be on the agenda of the Cabinet of Ministers in the near future. During the meeting, Ms. Fabiola Gianotti confirmed that CERN is ready to cooperate fully with Latvia in order to accommodate our country in its ranks.2

Road map and criteria

Visits of official state representatives and social partners to CERN