Lithuania's membership of the Council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is opening up great opportunities for the country's scientists and businesses, the organization's director-general said in Vilnius on Tuesday.
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"The signing of the agreement today represents another step forward in our collaboration," Fabiola Gianotti said after signing an agreement on Lithuania's associate membership in the organization.

"Lithuanian industries will have a possibility of bidding for contracts with CERN. Lithuanian scientists can apply for staff position. And the Republic of Lithuania will sit on the CERN Council and the Finance Committee together with other leading countries in science and technology from Europe and beyond," she said.

For the Lithuanian side, the agreement was signed by Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.

CERN until now had 22 member states and four associate members.

CERN membership will cost Lithuania around 900,000 euros annually.

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