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HUNDRED AND NINETY-FIRST SESSION OF THE COUNCIL

13-14 December 2018


 

RESTRICTED SESSION ON 13 DECEMBER

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President gave an oral report on the following matters:

  • Council working group to review certain aspects of geographical enlargement

  • Meeting of the International Neutrino Council

  • Other meetings attended
     

DIRECTOR-GENERAL'S REPORT

The Director-General gave an oral report on the following matters:

  • Some thoughts on the update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics

  • Recent developments on the International Linear Collider (ILC) project in Japan

  • Test of the single-phase DUNE prototype at the Neutrino Platform

  • Update on the Science Gateway project

  • Protocol visits in 2018

  • Broken Symmetries: a co-production of Arts @ CERN

  • Participation in External Science and Technology Advisory Group of IMF
     

OVERVIEW OF PROTOCOLS CONCLUDED SINCE NOVEMBER 2017

The Council took note of the overview of protocols signed since November 2017, set out in document CERN/3392.
 

STATUS REPORT ON PARTICIPATION OF NON-MEMBER STATES IN THE CERN PROGRAMMES 2017-2018

The Council took note of a status report by the Director for International relations, Ms Warakaulle, on the participation of non-Member States in the CERN Programmes in 2017 and 2018.
 

THE COST-VARIATION INDEX FOR 2019

The Council took note of document CERN/FC/6274-CERN/3394 and unanimously decided to approve: 

  • a basic salary and stipend index of 1.05% and a subsistence allowances and family benefits index of 0.68%, bringing the overall cost-variation index for the personnel budget to 1.02%, including the applicable indexation for home leave of 2.35%;

  • a materials budget cost-variation index of 2.64%;

  • an overall cost-variation index of 1.83%.

It further took note that the Member States’ contributions for 2019 would be indexed by the overall cost-variation index of 1.83%, in line with the “corridor principle” set out in document CERN/FC/5644-CERN/3023.
 

FINAL BUDGET OF THE ORGANIZATION FOR THE SIXTY-FOURTH FINANCIAL YEAR 2019

The Council took note of the final Budget for 2019 in 2019 prices, set out in document CERN/FC/6275-CERN/3395.
 

TIMELINE FOR THE NEXT FIVE-YEARLY REVIEW OF THE FINANCIAL AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE PERSONNEL

The Council took note of document CERN/FC/6276-CERN/3396 and, on the recommendation of the Finance Committee, unanimously decided to approve the Management’s proposal to commence the next five-yearly review process in 2019 and to conclude it with a decision by the Council in 2021.
 

SCIENTIFIC POLICY COMMITTEE

The Council took note of a report by the Scientific Policy Committee Chair, Professor Ellis, on items discussed at the Committee’s December 2018 meeting and warmly congratulated the Organization on its achievements during 2018 and, in particular, acknowledged the enormous efforts by everyone who had contributed to the success of the LHC.
 

PENSION FUND

The Council heard a report by the Chair of the Pension Fund Governing Board (PFGB), Dr T. Roth, on the latest meetings of the Board, the ATC and the IC, and on the most recent Pension Fund dashboard results that had been presented by the Fund’s actuary in the Finance Committee.
 

EARNED-VALUE MANAGEMENT (EVM) REPORTS ON THE LHC INJECTOR UPGRADE (LIU) AND HIGH-LUMINOSITY LHC PROJECTS

The Council heard a detailed presentation by the Director for Accelerators and Technology, Dr Bordry, and congratulated the Management and everyone involved on the good progress achieved towards the upgrades of the accelerators and injectors.
 

REPORT ON MEDICAL APPLICATIONS ACTIVITIES

The Council took note of the presentation by the Director for Accelerators and Technology, Dr Bordry.
 

FUNDRAISING

a) Approval of a Project for Private Donor Funding and List of Approved Projects

The Council unanimously decided to approve “the Globe Public Events” programme for private donor funding within the framework of the CERN & Society programme.

b) Grants offered by the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva

The Council unanimously decided to approve the acceptance of the grants offered by the United States Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva in support of the COLLIDE project and the Globe Public Events programme within the framework of the CERN & Society programme.

 

 

 

CLOSED SESSION ON 13 DECEMBER

 

ENLARGEMENT PROCESS

The Council heard a report by the Director-General on the status of discussions with Brazil, Croatia, Estonia and Serbia.
 

ADMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AS A MEMBER STATE

Following a secret ballot, the Council unanimously decided to adopt a Resolution admitting Serbia as a Member State of the Organization, subject to the fulfilment by Serbia of the ratification conditions set out in the Resolution.
 

ADMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER STATE

The Council decided, by consensus, to adopt a Resolution admitting Croatia to the status of Associate Member of the Organization, as defined in document CERN/2918/Rev., subject to the signature and entry into force of the Agreement annexed to the Resolution.
 

ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

The Council:

  • appointed Professor H. Aihara and Professor J. Wessels as new members of the Scientific Policy Committee for a period of three years with effect from 1 January 2019,

  • reappointed Professor L. Baudis, Professor R. Brinkmann and Professor Y. Nir as members of the Scientific Policy Committee for a second and final period of three years with effect from 1 January 2019,

  • reappointed Professor K. Ellis as Chair of the Scientific Policy Committee for a third and final period of one year as of 1 January 2019,

  • re-elected Mr O. Malmberg Finance Committee Chair for a third and final period of one year as of 1 January 2019,

  • re-elected Professor U. Dosselli Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee for a third and final period of one year as of 1 January 2019,

  • reappointed Dr V. Halloin as member of the Pension Fund Governing Board for a second and final period of three years with effect from 1 April 2019,

  • appointed Professor J. Królikowski as a member of the Council fundraising sub-group.

 

 

OPEN SESSION ON 14 DECEMBER

 

OVERVIEW REPORT FOR 2018 BY THE CHAIR OF THE SCIENTIFIC POLICY COMMITTEE

The Council took note of the overview by the Chair of the Scientific Policy Committee, Professor Ellis, on matters discussed at the Committee’s September and December 2018 meetings and on possible orientations for the field of particle physics in the coming years.
 

PROGRESS REPORT ON THE ORGANISATION OF THE UPDATE OF THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY FOR PARTICLE PHYSICS

The Council took note of an oral progress report by the Scientific Secretary for the European Strategy for Particle Physics update, Professor Abramowicz, on the ongoing activities and 2019 schedule of meetings of the Physics Preparatory Group and the European Strategy Group.
 

DRAFT TIMETABLE FOR COUNCIL SESSIONS AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS IN 2020

The Council approved the timetable for Council Sessions and Committee meetings in 2020, as set out in document CERN/3408
 

OTHER BUSINESS

  • End of the Term of Office of one Council Vice-President

  • Departure of one Member State delegate

  • End of the Term of Office of the Council President

TALKS BY YOUNG SCIENTISTS

- Accelerator performance and plans

The Council heard a presentation by M. Schaumann (CERN).

- ALICE

The Council heard a presentation by A. Dainese (INFN Padova).

- ATLAS + LHCf

The Council heard a presentation by S. Schramm (Geneva University).

- CMS + TOTEM

The Council heard a presentation by J. Ngadiuba (CERN).

- LHCb + MoEDAL

The Council heard a presentation by C. Marin Benito (LAL, Orsay).

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