The The European Commission approved the second phase of the project “Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics” (ELI-NP) being implemented at Magurele, Romania. Thus, more than 140 million Euro from the European Regional Development Fund will be earmarked for the continuation of the works initiated in 2013. ELINP is part of the European-wide high-powered lasers research project, “Extreme Light Infrastructure” (ELI), implemented in Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
The EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cre]u, stated: “ELI is a symbol for Europe, being the first EU investment in the research infrastructure of the new Member States, a product of European excellence which redraws the frontiers of knowledge by the use of high technology. Thanks to the EU funds, in a matter of just a few years, EU will have a state of the art infrastructure and research equipment, and the results of future research will provide new products and services, thus enabling the economic development of the country and of the Romanian education.” The second phase of the Magurele ELI-NP project is co-funded from the 2014-2020 Operational Programme “Competitiveness”, and requires the completion of the construction works until 2018, and the purchasing and installing of scientific research equipment, among which a high-power laser system and a gamma ray system.
At the beginning of February this year, the EU commissioner Corina Cretu approved the first phase of the Magurele laser project, which was earmarked funding under the 2007- 2013 period. The total amount of eligible expenses in the first phase is 136.4 million Euro, of which 116.3 million Euro (85%) come from the European Regional Development Fund.
ELI is an European-wide research project hosted by Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary, aimed at promoting nationaland European research via an international research infrastructure available to professionals from the scientific, academic and private business environments. In 2006, ELI has been identified by the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), a strategic EU body tasked with promoting scientific integration in Europe, as a priority research infrastructure for Europe. The Romanian project, ELI-NP, is the second pillar of a European-wide structure for lasers. In April 2011, the Commission had already approved 236 million Euro worth of funds for the first ELI pillar in the Czech Republic.