15 May 2019 - Minister of Science and Chairperson of the SEEIIST Steering Committee Sanja Damjanović met with Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev. Minister Damjanović invited the Prime Minister of North Macedonia to support the SEEIIST project by signing a Memorandum of Cooperation, drafted by its Steering Committee members. This memorandum is harmonized with the representatives of the foreign ministries of the region at the beginning of March this year in Podgorica.
Prime Minister Zaev confirmed the full support of the Republic of North Macedonia to the SEEIIST project and the readiness to sign the Memorandum.
A major international infrastructure project for sustainable technologies, SEEIIST, is entering the next phase thanks to the first financial support from the European Commission, as well as the open support of renowned CERN institutions in Geneva and GSI in Darmstadt. With strong expert support from prestigious institutions, the SEEIIST project cannot be unsuccessful. In order for this project to be implemented in the SEE region, a strong political commitment is needed throughout the region.
The Minister presented the SEEIIST project at the Academy of Sciences and Arts of North Macedonia (MANU) within the CERN Days in North Macedonia. The Minister pointed out the importance of this project to improve cooperation in research, innovation and technological development in the Region, as well as the treatment of cancer patients with the most modern method. She particularly highlighted the role of CERN as one of the hosts of the SEEIIST Design Study Phase. The speakers at the seminar were representatives of CERN: Prof. Dr. Christoph Schäfer, Prof. Dr. Ludwik Dobrzynski and Prof. Dr. Daniel Denegri.
Minister of Science Damjanović is paying a visit to North Macedonia at the invitation of SEEIIST Steering Committee members, Prof. Dr. Petar Atanasov, Assistant Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of North Macedonia and Prof. Dr. Mimoza Ristova from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius".