Serbia on Tuesday became a full member of CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which is headquartered in Geneva, where Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić attended a formal hoisting of the Serbian flag.
“I am happy and proud that Serbia has today officially become the 23rd full member of CERN. This membership is important and thanks to that Serbia has an opportunity to compete with the best and win the race, even though only a couple of years ago we were unable to compete with the best,” said Brnabić.
The Serbian Government reports that the prime minister stated she was hoping the full membership of CERN would send another signal to young scientists to remain in Serbia, given that they would have a chance to participate in full capacity in all most prestigious and challenging scientific projects and research conducted by the organisation.
Brnabić pointed out that being a member of CERN was also important for the local business sector, thanks to better opportunities for mutual cooperation which ought to be taken.
The hoisting of the Serbian flag in Geneva was also attended by Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Mladen Šarčević.
Serbia became the 23rd full member of CERN in mid-December last year through a unanimous adoption of the organisation Council resolution.
In late March, CERN received a formal letter from the UNESCO confirming Serbia’s joining the CERN convention.
This makes Serbia only the fourth country outside the European Union to obtain full membership of the prestigious organisation.