European Commissioner Corina Cretu (Regional Policy) has approved on Friday the amendment of the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) research project in Magurele, Romania, her cabinet announced in a media release.
The decision approves a new calendar of construction works and equipment installation, the inclusion of auxiliary buildings in the second implementation phase and the procurement of additional research equipment.
It is an important project for Romania, and it should go on without lapses; it is also a good example of what Romania can do on Directorate General Regional Policy (Regio) funds, Cretu stated.
The project involves building a laser and gamma radiation installation with state-of-the art technology to study the impact of electromagnetic radiation on matter.
ELI-NP is part of the Competitiveness Operational Programme for structural assistance. It has eligible expenditure of 136.4 million euros (including 116.3 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund, ERDF) over the 2007-2013 Multiannual Financial Framework for the first stage. The second stage should be completed in 2018, with 174.5 million euros earmarked (including 148 million euros from ERDF).
A pan-European research programme, ELI-NP has pillars in Prague (Czech Republic), Szeged (Hungary) and Magurele (Romania).