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European Spallation Source would create thousands of jobs

The European Spallation Source (ESS), Europe's planned €1 billion neutron research center, would create several thousand jobs for its host country during its construction and also during its operation, experts said at an ESS partnership conference held in Budapest.

The Hungarian city of Debrecen is competing with Bilbao, in Spain, and the Swedish city of Lund to host the ESS. A decision on the matter is expected to be taken in the first half of 2009.

The government said in September it would contribute HUF 90 billion toward establishing the research centre, about one-third of the total cost. Spain and Sweden are offering to contribute about the same amount, but the total cost of the project would be €200 million - €250 million less if built in Hungary, the National Development and the Economy Ministry said in a statement on the conference.

ESS would involve 4,000 scientists and dozens of other research centers. (MTI – Econews)