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ESS to obtain Eric legal status

The European Spallation Source, which is under construction in Lund, is expected to change its legal status to become a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (Eric) in 2015.

The ESS annual report, published on 31 March, stated that the neutron source had applied to the European Commission for an Eric status in autumn 2014, and that a decision would be made by the Commission before the summer. Obtaining Eric legal status will enable the ESS, a research infrastructure funded by 17 countries, to have a structure that can bypass variations in national laws.

The construction of the ESS began in September, after it secured about 97 per cent of funding for the €1.8 billion facility. Sweden, which won the bid to host the neutron-based particle accelerator in 2009, will fund 35 per cent of the construction costs. Denmark will contribute 12.5 per cent, the UK 10 per cent, France 8 per cent, Italy 6 per cent and Spain 5 per cent. In-kind contributions are expected to make up about 35 per cent of the costs, the report stated.

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