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Statement

Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn on the European Spallation Source

Brussels, 4 July 2014

Sweden, Denmark and Germany have announced this morning that funding to build the European Spallation Source has been secured. The construction of this EU Research Infrastructure is expected to start this autumn.

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "I am very happy to see that Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the other Member States involved in the European Spallation Source have secured financial backing for the construction of this project. It is good news for Europe's future as the site will certainly contribute to keep Europe at the forefront of research, science and technology".

On 26 May 2014, the Competitiveness Council in its conclusions noted that the European Spallation Source has been identified by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) as one of the three priority projects as they are pushing the boundaries of scientific excellence, are strategically relevant for Europe and are ready for immediate action.

The European Commission will continue to support the European Spallation Source for its establishment as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), which will mark an important step forward in the realisation of the infrastructure.

 

About the European Spallation Source

The European Spallation Source is a multi-disciplinary research centre based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. This new facility will enable new opportunities for researchers in the fields of life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics

 

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