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ESO Annual Report 2012

ESO Annual Report 2012

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This report documents the many activities of the European Southern Observatory during 2012, and the committees and staff that worked behind the scenes.
This report documents the many activities of the European Southern Observatory during 2012, and the committees and staff that worked behind the scenes.

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Published by: European Southern Observatory on Jun 12, 2013
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Chair Johan Holmberg (Sweden)

Austria Daniel Weselka

Belgium Alain Heynen

Czech Republic Věra Zázvorková

Denmark Cecilie Tornøe (Vice-chair)

Finland Sirpa Nummila

France Patricia Laplaud

Germany Gisela Schmitz-DuMont

Italy Giampaolo Bologna

The Netherlands Mirjam Lieshout-Vijverberg

Portugal Fernando Bello (May)/

Maria José Almeida

(November)

Spain Inmaculada Figueroa

Sweden Tobias Hellblom

Switzerland Astrid Vassella

United Kingdom Colin Vincent

The Finance Committee held two ordi-
nary meetings, both chaired by Mr Johan
Holmberg. It recommended the budget
for the year 2013 for approval to Council.
Furthermore, the delegates of the Mem-
ber States who voted in favour of the
E-ELT supplementary programme urged
Council to approve the related contribu-
tions for the year 2013 as soon as the
programme was confrmed. The Commit-
tee also dealt with further fnancial issues

such as annual accounts, the external
audit report, fnancial statements, Mem-
ber States’ contributions, and fnancial

scenarios for the E-ELT. To secure ESO’s
cash position during the E-ELT’s con-
struction, an agreement between ESO
and the European Investment Bank was
supported.

A working group, established by the
Committee the previous year, presented

its results on how to fnd a new method

for the calculation of the scale of Member
States’ contributions, with the purpose
of decreasing the sometimes sharp varia-

tions. A fnal proposal will be available at

the next meeting in May 2013.

The Committee approved the award of

16 contracts exceeding €500 000, seven

single-source procurements exceeding
€250 000 and fve amendments to exist-
ing contracts. Out of these, nine con-
tracts, two single-source procurements
and one amendment were approved
by written procedure. Also approved
were the sale of a piece of ESO land in
Antofagasta and an in-kind exchange
for the European ALMA prototype anten-
na. The Committee welcomed the report
on procurement statistics and industrial

return coeffcients.

The Finance Committee also discussed
subjects concerning international and
local staff as well as CERN Pension Fund
matters.

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