On 8 January the Republic of Lithuania formally became an associate Member State of CERN, following the completion of its internal approval procedures (CERN Courier July/August 2017 p7). Lithuania’s relationship with CERN dates back to an International Cooperation Agreement signed in 2004, with Lithuanian researchers contributing to the CMS experiment since 2007. Its new status strengthens the long-term partnership between CERN and the Lithuanian scientific community, makes Lithuanian scientists eligible for staff appointments, and entitles Lithuanian industry to bid for CERN contracts.