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A working meeting with representatives of the European Commission – the Executive Committee for development of research infrastructure and coordination of joint mega-science projects, which are being implemented in Russian scientific centers and JINR, was held on 16 May 2013 in the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation. Meeting participants were received in the JINR Directorate in Dubna on 17 May 2013.

Head of the Department of development of priority scientific and technical fields Sergei Salikhov and his colleagues Head of European Commission Research Infrastructures Department Anna Arano Antelo, European Union experts Ex-Director-General of CERN Robert Aymar, CEA representative Suzanne Gotha Goldman, member of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures Jean Moulin (ESFRI), Professor Steve Myers (CERN), GSI Director Horst Stocker (Germany), Science and Innovation Advisor Richard Burger took part in the negotiations. VBLHEP Deputy Director S.A. Sorin, together with other leaders of mega-science projects, which are included in the Russian programme for 2013-2016, participated in the meeting on the JINR side; he spoke about working process on the NICA project in Dubna.

V.A. Matveev, R. Lednický, N.A. Russakovich, D.V. Kekelidze, A.S. Sorin, G.V. Trubnikov, D.V.Kamanin received representatives of the European Commission at the JINR Directorate on 17 May 2013. V.A. Matveev and his colleagues presented JINR’s programme of scientific and research activities, spoke about international cooperation and participation of the JINR member states and JINR associate members in projects of the JINR Seven-Year Development Plan, focusing on the mega-project NICA. The guests visited the Veksler and Baldin Laboratory of High Energy Physics and main scientific and technical sites, where working process on the NICA project is being held, met leading scientists. The large scale of design and research activities as well as extensive cooperation with leading scientific centers and experts, in particular, with specialist from Germany, who design the accelerator complex FAIR, which is supplement to the collider NICA, made deep impression on visitors. Professor Horst Stocker, who is well informed about working process in VBLHEP, noted the significant progress at all sites, which were visited by members of the European Commission delegation.

During the final exchange of opinions participants expressed interest of the European Commission in participation in the Dubna’s mega-science project, enhancing international cooperation in this direction. Detailed discussion of all aspects of cooperation is planned to be held at a meeting of the European Commission, which will be held on 19 June 2013 in Brussels.

Evgeny Molchanov
JINR weekly newspaper "Dubna: science, community, progress"