eso9830 — Organisation Release
Portuguese Minister of Science at Paranal
20 July 1998
Yesterday, Sunday, July 19, 1998, ESO was honoured to receive a visit by the Portuguese Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Mariano Gago , to the Paranal Observatory. The Minister was accompanied by the Ambassador of Portugal to the Republic of Chile, Mr. Rui Félix-Alves and a delegation.
The Minister visited the various VLT installations and, a scientist himself, expressed great interest in this new facility, now being constructed by the European Southern Observatory on behalf of the ESO member states. As foreseen in the 1990 Agreement that associates Portugal and ESO, discussions about future Portuguese membership in ESO have started.