President Klaus Iohannis visited on Thursday ELI-NP Research Center of the Magurele Institute and said that it is an extremely ambitious project and that he is looking forward to attend its inauguration ceremony in 2018.
President Iohannis was received by Nicolae Zamfir, the General Director of the Institute and project manager, who presented him the Tandem 9MV Linear Particle Accelerator.
Iohannis also saw the ELI-NP site from the terrace of the Institute’s main building and had a meeting with ELI-NP project’s management.
The president said after the visit that at the Magurele Institute is undergoing “the largest scientific project in the region.”
“It is about facilitating with great power laser and applications in nuclear physics an extremely ambitious project, which will certainly put Romania very high on the map of the countries where fundamental research is done. This seems extremely important and I must admit that it fits my concept about education in Romania, which, you might remember, after my proposal, will deliver very highly qualified specialists, which is exactly what will happen here,” said the president about the ELI-NP project from Magurele.
Related to the progress of works on this project, President Iohannis said that, as far as he understood, “there are some logistical problems”.
ELI-NP, project worth almost EUR 300 million, will represent the Romanian research center, part of the European infrastructure distributed to ELI, according to the official presentation of the Institute.