"This project has a long history and all three sites which competed to host the ESS put forward very credible bids. On balance, the Lund site has been chosen because it is best suited to deliver the ESS that Europe wants."
Peter Allenspach, Chairman of the European Neutron Scattering Association (ENSA), which represents Europe's neutron scattering societies, said "The European neutron scattering community has been patiently waiting for many years for an indication of some political progress towards the construction of what will be Europe's, and the world's, premier neutron facility. This site decision is welcomed as the first major step on the road to securing ESS for the benefit of all of European science and technology. ENSA congratulates the Lund team on their success."
Peter Tindemans, Chairman of the Board of the ESS Preparatory Phase Project, commented: "Thanks to the dedication of hundreds of scientists and engineers from across the whole of Europe, ESS is now fully developed as a viable and mature project that could and should move rapidly to the construction phase."
He added: "Although final agreements on the funding of ESS have still to be negotiated, the decision on the siting of ESS will certainly smooth the way for those negotiations. European science is now much closer to having the world leading neutron source it deserves"
Although the recommendation from the Council of Ministers is a big step forwards for the ESS project, there are still many milestones to be reached before the facility is operational.
There is no predetermined process as to how Europe should make decisions about large-scale research facilities. A core group of European countries interested in owning and operating the facility must now establish a formal agreement with the host country and commit the funds and resources necessary to make the ESS a reality.
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