CERN Accelerating science

Research without a budget, Europe without a future

In the special edition of Proton, published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of CERN in September 2004, we emphasized the role of CERN as a pioneer and model for other European research institutions and underlined the need to coordinate European science policy to create synergies between the various laboratories. European Union (EU) countries, recognizing the importance of pooling their resources in basic research, created the European Research Area as a European objective included in the EU’s constitutional Treaty signed in Lisbon in 2000 and set up the European Research Council (ERC)1 in 2007, with an initial budget of 7.5 billion euros for the period 2007 − 2013.