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A view from the back of the council chamber. A presentation is in progress

The 145th meeting of the CERN Council. The current Director-General, Professor Rolf Heuer, is shown here in the foreground on the left.


The CERN Council is the highest authority of the Organization and has responsibility for all-important decisions. It controls CERN’s activities in scientific, technical and administrative matters. The Council approves programmes of activity, adopts the budgets and reviews expenditure.

The Director-General, appointed by the Council, manages the CERN Laboratory.