Ukraine expects by the end of this year to sign an agreement to provide associate membership in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

According to the State Agency for Science, Innovation and Informatization of Ukraine, on October 20, the Ukrainian government approved an order to sign an agreement between CERN and the Cabinet of Ministers on granting Ukraine an associate membership and authorized Volodymyr Semynozhenko, the Chairman of the Agency, to sign the document, UKRINFORM reported.

"The obtaining by Ukraine of a status of the state - an associate member of CERN will create the legal framework for the maximum participation of the Ukrainian scientific institutions in the programs led by CERN, will promote the comprehensive development of Grid technologies in Ukraine and improve the training of young scientists in the field of theoretical and applied physics," the official said.

In March 2011 in Geneva the Cabinet of Ministers and CERN signed a declaration, which gave go ahead to a joint working group on scientific and technical cooperation and signed a joint statement of intent regarding a possible Ukrainian bid to acquire a status of the state - an associate member of CERN.

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