HELSINKI (NEWSnet/AP) — Estonia’s government has ratified the nation’s full membership in European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Estonia has been an associate member of the organization, known by its French abbreviation CERN, since February 2021. In March, member nations voted in favor of admitting Estonia as the 24th member.

One priority of CERN is to promote cooperation among countries in the field of fundamental nuclear research. Its main focus lies in experimental particle physics.

“Full membership of CERN is important for Estonia since it will mean that there will no longer be any financial ceiling when it comes to us taking part in tenders and entering into employment contracts,” said Tiit Riisalo, Estonia's minister of economic affairs and information technology.

Membership formally takes effect after the country presents its letter of accession to UNESCO.

Estonia will become the first former member of the Soviet republic to gain membership. Israel is the only non-European full member of CERN, which was established in 1954.

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