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Since its inception in 2002, ESFRI has been privileged to witness a momentous period in European history with two significant enlargements of the EU. The accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Union in January 2007 brings the bloc to 27 ¿ a long way from its beginnings as a six-nation Economic Community in 1958. However, it is important to point out that Candidate and Associate States have always been full and equal members of the Forum. This reflects ESFRI's view that the ability of all European countries to work together is a critical element of building research excellence in Europe.
In addition to the four plenary meetings held during the reporting period, delegates have also been involved in several parallel and related meetings. The commitment of delegates to this work should not be underestimated and this demonstrates the importance of ESFRI with the Ministers.
Critical to the success of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures is the selection of an eminent Chair who shall represent the values of ESFRI, who shall act in the general interest of the Forum, who shall steer, stimulate and nurture debate towards ESFRI's shared viewpoints, philosophy and goals. The ESFRI Delegates are extremely grateful to John Wood for his excellent work since he took up the position in March 2005. His dedication, professionalism and tireless work have not gone unrecognised.

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