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Ukraine will become a full-fledged member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), when it is able to pay full membership fee of 500 million hryvnias annually, chairman of the State agency on science, innovations and IT Volodymyr Seminozhenko told a briefing.
He also reminded that for the agreement to come into force, the parliament must ratify it first.
"To become an associated member of CERN there is one condition, we planned to fulfill this year but missed..., namely to pay 10 million hryvnias of fee," he said and specified that hereafter Ukraine would have to pay 500 million hryvnias of the membership fee annually as a full-fledged member.
"As for the full-fledged membership, it can be possible only when we are able to pay full membership fee. CERN budget makes about one billion Swiss francs (1.1 billion dollars or 10 billion hryvnias). There are 20 country-members in this organization, and considering the population of every country Ukraine's share will make about 500 million hryvnias," Seminozhenko explained.
As a reminder, vice PM Kostyantyn Hryshchenko signed in Geneva the agreement between Ukraine and the European Organization for Nuclear Research on granting associated member status to Ukraine.
As of today, there are 47 Ukrainian scientists working in CERN.