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The investment of the EU laser research centre in Szeged was started by the Gyurcsány government

The Democratic Coalition (DK) opposition party headed by former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány issued a statement that DK is glad that on Tuesday the ELI Attosecond laser research centre was inaugurated in Szeged, in southern Hungary. This scientific investment will be one of the prides of Hungary. The budget of the project was 70 billion forints (EUR 22,6 million), from which 85% was provided by the European Union, an institution reviled by the Orbán government.
On the other hand, DK reminds that the location of the laser center was selected and the official application was initiated by the Gyurcsány then the Bajnai government - and this was left out from the speeches of the opening ceremony.

That festive moment on Tuesday was another fruit of those eight years of the social-liberal goverment (2002-2010).
ELI stands for Extreme Light Infrastructure, which is a new research infrastructure of pan-European interest. It is a laser project that aims to host the most intense beamline system in the world. The ELI project will be located in four sites. One will be in Dolní Břežany, near Prague. It will focus on the development of short-pulse secondary sources of radiation and particles. ELI-ALPS (Attosecond Light Pulse Source) will be in Szeged, which will be "a unique facility which provides light sources within an extremely broad frequency range in the form of ultrashort pulses with high repetition rate." In Măgurele, Romania, the ELI-NP (Nuclear Physics) facility will focus on laser-based nuclear physics. The fourth facility's location is still undecided.
It was on October 1, 2009 that the EU decided to give these three former communist countries a mandate to proceed with the construction of ELI facilities. Being a pan-European project, 85% of all costs would be covered from the European Regional Development Fund. There was only one caveat: these governments didn't receive extra resources from the European Union for these facilities. They had to use a small portion of their seven-year budget that came from the European Union. It was Gordon Bajnai's government that signed the agreement, but the whole project, including the decision to construct the center in Szeged, began in 2006 during Ferenc Gyurcsány's second government.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 19:09

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