Sources: SPA announcement by Teresa Lago and follow up by ESO Release eso1050
The Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology, Sergio Machado
Rezende (right) and the ESO Director General, Tim de Zeeuw (left)
signing the formal accession agreement.
Image credit: Marcos Freitas/Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology/ESO
The Extraordinary ESO Council Meeting held last week (by teleconference) the ESO Council has authorized the Director General of ESO to sign the Accession Agreement with Brazil to become the 15th ESO Member State and the 1st out of Europe (Chile is not a member despite the formal relations due to the location of ESO's major facilities). This is naturally particularly interesting for Portugal as a Member State since Portugal and Brasil have a long lasting cooperation tradition. The Accession is due to take place from 2011 since the Accession Agreement was assigned today.
Furthermore Brazil financial contribution (entrance fee + annual contribution) is decisive for the funding scenario for the E-ELT.