The Minister of Science, Dr. Sanja Damjanović, is staying this week at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where she met with Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Science and Innovation, during his second official visit to this institution.
The Commissioner expressed great satisfaction that he met the Minister at the place where she worked for so long, and thanked CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti, who made this meeting possible, the Ministry of Science announced.
Damjanović expressed her gratitude to Commissioner Moedas for his constant support for the SEEIIST project, bearing in mind that he was one of the first Brussels officials to stand behind the project and understand its significance and value for Southeast Europe.
“Thanks to his influence, SEEIIST received the first 1.2 million euros from the European Commission’s Directorate for Science and Innovation last month, which will enable the transition to the second phase of this project. Damjanović and prof. Hervig Schoper, former CEO of CERN and creator of the SEEIIST project, introduced the commissioner to the activities planned within the next phase, the preparation of a detailed design study, which has already begun, “said the Ministry.
Moedash pointed out that he will continue to monitor the development of SEEIIST and try to help its further progress to the maximum.
“It is extraordinary that you also have the support of my colleague, Jean-Eric Packe, Director General of the Directorate for Science and Innovation, whose opinion is highly valued in Brussels and who understood the value of SEEIIST for the region from the very beginning,” the commissioner said.
He emphasized that SEEIIST is an outstanding example of “science for peace”, because it will enable the connection of all countries in the region and their further progress and development. The Commissioner once again compared SEEIIST to the SESAME project, in Jordan, which is a great example of “science for peace” in the Middle East. This project is recognized and strongly financially supported by the EC. “It would be great for SEEIIST to experience the fate of the SESAME project, and I hope it will be so,” the commissioner pointed out.
The SEEIIST Kick-off meeting, planned for September 18 in Budva, was also discussed during the meeting at CERN, which will officially announce the start of the first phase of the project, in the presence of a large number of senior EC officials, regional ministers and directors. scientific institutions and representatives of the European scientific community.