eso0022 — Organisation Release
Portugal to Accede to ESO
27 June 2000: The Republic of Portugal will become the ninth member state of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) . Today, during a ceremony at the ESO Headquarters in Garching (Germany), a corresponding Agreement was signed by the Portuguese Minister of Science and Technology, José Mariano Gago and the ESO Director General, Catherine Cesarsky, in the presence of other high officials from Portugal and the ESO member states (see the video eso0022a in this release). Following subsequent ratification by the Portuguese Parliament of the ESO Convention and the associated protocols , it is foreseen that Portugal will formally join this organisation on January 1, 2001.