GENEVA (Jul. 1)
Israel has been granted observer status by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, with which its scientists have collaborated since the late 1970s.
Israel and the center, known internationally as CERN, will sign an agreement on July 25 that will make Israeli companies eligible to participate in CERN projects.
Israel will be required to contribute the equivalent of $640,000 annually, 75 percent of which will be used for the purchase of Israeli products by CERN and 15 percent to provide young Israeli scientists with short periods of training at the CERN facilities.
The giant research project, which straddles the Franco-Swiss border, was established in 1954 for nuclear collaboration among European states for peaceful purposes only. Only European countries are eligible for full membership.