FAIR partner Romania ratifies:

FAIR Convention officially enters into force

Now that all the partner countries have completed their national ratification processes for the FAIR Convention, the convention has now officially entered into force. The FAIR Convention has the status of an international treaty.

At the end of January Romania, as the ninth partner country, officially announced that she had ratified the FAIR Convention concerning the Construction and Operation of a Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe. The Convention thus officially entered into force as of the beginning of March 2014.

The FAIR Convention was signed on 4 October 2010 by nine countries, all of which have now ratified the agreement: Germany, Finland, France, India, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Sweden and Slovenia. These countries hold shares in FAIR GmbH and have voting rights at the FAIR Council meeting in accordance with their shares. With the exception of France and Slovenia all the partner countries had already provisionally applied the FAIR Convention when it was signed in 2010.

Great Britain has been an Associated Member of FAIR GmbH since 2013. It has thus entered into an obligation to participate financially with 0.5 per cent of the costs of the construction and operation of FAIR. Representatives of an Associated Member do not have any voting rights, yet may participate at all the FAIR committee meetings.

The Convention has initially come into effect until 31 December 2025. Ten-year extension periods are foreseen.

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