ISTC Keeps Activities in Russia Until 2015
Recently a number of decisions have been taken with respect to the future of ISTC.
The Center will stay open in Russia until 2015 in order to finalize ongoing projects. Equipment acquired through ISTC projects will be transferred to the research institutes on a tax free basis.
The ISTC Agreement will remain fully in force until that time i.e. 2015.
At the same time the ISTC founding parties have decided to gradually transfer activities to Kazakhstan in order to continue work with the countries of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The ISTC has already a Branch Office in Almaty.
The parties expressed the wish to continue the dialogue with representatives of the Russian Federation to seek forms of multilateral cooperation in a new framework on the basis of principles of partnership and equality.
There is a clear wish to build on the existing experience of ISTC and to look for a new format of cooperation taking into account future technical and scientific needs as well as other challenges.
ISTC will carry out a number of reviews to evaluate the results of ISTC projects i.e. their contribution to the solution of scientific questions and innovation in order to underpin these discussions.