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Gov't, PM pass resolutions for first phase of EU super laser project

The government and the prime minister have both passed a resolution on the measures and tasks necessary to the implementation of phase one of the European Union's Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), a HUF 100 billion (€376.25 million) super laser project to be hosted jointly by Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic, both resolutions were published in the latest issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.

The first resolution assigns the minister of national development and the economy with submitting a proposal to the government by August 15 to declare ELI a priority project.

At the same time, the minister of the economy - with the involvement of the finance minister - should immediately take the measures necessary to set up the company to be established with the involvement of the National Office for Research and Technology, the city council of Szeged and Szeged University.

In the second resolution, the prime minister assigned Tivadar Lippenyi with coordinating the government tasks related to the implementation of the ELI project - as well as with conducting the domestic and international diplomatic and specialist talks aimed at implementation of the project. The prime minister's commissioner will receive no remuneration, however, the minister of the economy must provide for the conditions of the commissioner's operation.

Econews reported earlier that Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania won a joint bid in autumn 2009 for the ELI project. The total cost of the project is €500 million, 40% of which will be spent on the developments in Szeged. (MTI – Econews)