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Yesterday afternoon, Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann announced that Austria will not be leaving CERN. I am very pleased that Austria has taken this decision, and convinced that it is the right one not only for Austrian science, but also for European science. In taking this step, Chancellor Faymann is reaffirming Austria's commitment to European research, and ensuring that the Austrian particle physics community can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Austrian accession to CERN, safe in the knowledge that Austria will play a full part in reaping the rewards of LHC physics.
Official confirmation of Austria’s decision was received this morning by letter from the Austrian Mission in Geneva to the President of the CERN Council.