(NW) President Radev Meets with CERN Director General Gianotti

November 21 (BTA) – Meeting with CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti here on Thursday, President Rumen Radev urged Bulgaria and countries in the region to pool their efforts and speed up the building of the South East European International Institute for Sustainable Technologies (SEEIIST). Prof. Gianotti is visiting Bulgaria to attend the observances of the 20th anniversary of Bulgaria’ full CERN membership. President Radev outlined the importance of building modern research facilities in Southeastern Europe in order to create career prospects for the young people in their native countries. Radev once again underscored that without an even distribution of research and education infrastructure between Eastern and Western Europe it is impossible to achieve real social and economic convergence in the EU. “We are grateful for CERN’s support and the expressed willingness for the provision of the most modern technologies,” said the Bulgarian head of State and called on CERN to share its expertise with regard to models for financing of such projects and for legal assistance. Prof. Gianotti confirmed CERN’s readiness to assist with the building of the institute, technological exchange and advancing scientific cooperation with Bulgaria. She assessed highly the work of Bulgarian researchers and Bulgaria’s consistent support for CERN and outlined the contribution of young Bulgarian researchers in CERN projects. Participating in the meeting was Prof. Leander Lilov, head of the Bulgarian team in CERN and Sofia University lecturer. CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, was established in 1954. It operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. RI/PP