Estonia has been invited by the Council of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) to start membership talks.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Thursday, July 6, that in February the Estonian government approved a proposal for the Baltic country to apply for the membership and now positive feedback to the first inquiry has been received which means that now the government can submit an official application.
«The membership negotiations are a long process. At the earliest we can sign the agreement in a year,» Ratas has commented and added that membership in CERN would boost innovation in the Estonian economy and contribute to economic growth as after joining CERN, Estonian companies would be allowed to bid in tenders of the top-level research organisation.
CERN manages the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and among Baltic states, Lithuania is an associate member of the organisation since January 2018.