Finland has become the eleventh member state of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) .
The formal accession procedure was carried through as planned and has now been completed. Following the signing of the corresponding Agreement earlier this year (ESO PR 02/04), acceptance by the Finnish Parliament and ratification by the Finnish President of the Agreement as well as the ESO Convention and the associated protocols in June  and the deposit of the instruments of accession today, Finland has now officially joined ESO.
ESO warmly welcomes the new member country and its scientific community that is renowned for their expertise in many frontline areas. The related opportunities will contribute to strengthening of pioneering research with the powerful facilities at ESOs observatories, to the benefit of Astronomy and Astrophysics as well as European science in general. ESO also looks forward to collaboration with the Finnish high-tech industry.
Richard West | alfa
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