Croatian Delegation Visits CERN
The Director General of CERN, Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, expressed satisfaction concerning cooperation with Croatian scientific institutions and companies, as well as their contributions to CERN projects. He expressed particular satisfaction with the role of the firm of Končar in Zagreb regarding the development of detectors and magnets at CERN and invited Croatian scientists and business people to continue to expand cooperation in all three of CERN's strategic areas: research, innovation and education. In addition to meeting with the Director General, the Croatian delegation also met with the Head of International Relations at CERN, Dr. Felicitas Pauss; the Director for Research and Scientific Computing, Dr. Sergio Bertolucci; the Spokesperson for CMS Collaboration, Dr. Guido Tonelli; Deputy Spokesperson for ALICE Collaboration, Dr. Johannes Wessels, and the heads of the CERN technological sections. All those interviewed expressed clear willingness to expand cooperation with Croatian institutions in the areas of science, technology and education.
The Croatian delegation concluded its visit with a very clear impression that Croatia should begin the process for admission to full membership in CERN soon (the current members are the majority of the countries of the EU), and thus catch up with the countries that are in the process of becoming members, such as Cyprus, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey. Joining CERN would significantly raise the quality of education and science in Croatia, and also allow Croatian companies to participate for the first time as equals in the development of high technologies and competitions for obtaining work from CERN. The Croatian delegation intends to notify the President of the Republic, Government, Parliament and Croatian public about the great potential that joining CERN would afford Croatia.