The Council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has taken a decision in favor of Lithuania's associate membership in the organization, the Lithuanian president's office said on Friday.
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"President Dalia Grybauskaite welcomes the CERN Council's decision as a very significant and awaited assessment of national science and innovation progress. It opens up wide opportunities for our scientists and business people to benefit from global experience, contribute to key inventions and accelerate the development of future technologies as well as economic growth," it said in a press release.

Following the council's decision, Lithuania becomes the third associate member of CERN, which currently has 21 member states and two associate members.

"Membership in CERN is directly linked to membership in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which places special focus on innovation," the president's office said.

Lithuania's membership agreement with CERN is scheduled to be signed at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius on June 27.