Turkey starts accession negotiations with CERN

Turkey was given the green light on Friday to start accession negotiations with Europe's largest scientific research organization, a process which is expected to take up to five years.

Turkey starts accession negotiations with CERN

Turkey was given the green light on Friday to start accession negotiations with Europe's largest scientific research organization, a process which is expected to take up to five years.

CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has given the go-ahead for the start of the accession process with Turkey, along with four other countries, including Israel, following a tough process of talks with CERN authorities, the Cihan news agency reported on Friday. Serbia, Slovenia and Greek Cyprus, which are regarded as a single group, were also allowed to start membership negotiations with CERN as well.

Voting in CERN is conducted anonymously and each country has the right to veto. This, initially, raised suspicions that Greece or France might eventually block Turkey's accession. But Greek representatives at CERN recently dismissed claims that their country would block Turkey.

A committee from CERN had paid a visit to Turkey last month to discuss the country's accession process. During the visit, the committee chair Sergio Bertolucci said he thinks Turkey will be a member of CERN in the near future, Cihan said. “This will be a great advantage for CERN,” Bertolucci added.

The committee also visited Ankara University, the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ), the State Planning Organization (DPT), the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and held talks with President Abdullah Gül.

Being a candidate for membership in the scientific research body is evidence of the country's scientific research infrastructure and capacity. Once a country becomes a member of CERN, it can attend meetings of the governing body and contribute to decisions. Countries must pay a $10 million membership fee, while high-tech companies of member states can also attend tenders by CERN.

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