subject: ITER: the next steps
posted: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 16:07:31 +0100

[translation: the EU is going to proceed with domestic construction
of a full-scale nuclear fusion reactor - Stu]

Press Release
ITER: the next steps

Date of release: 18-04-2005
Policy area: Competitiveness (Internal market, Industry and Research)
Event: Competitiveness Council

At the end of the second part of the Competitiveness Council of 18
April 2005, dedicated to research, Francois Biltgen, Minister for
Culture, Research and Higher Education as well as President of the
Competitiveness Council informed about the next stages in the ITER1

"The Competitiveness Council had an exchange of views on the state of
play with ITER.

The Council welcomed the progress achieved together with all the
partners, and notably the constructive meeting between Commissioner
Potocnik and the Japanese Minister Nakayama on 12 April 2005.

The Council reaffirmed its conclusions of November 2004. It recalled
that the European Council on 22/23 March 2005 stressed the need to
begin building ITER on the European site by the end of 2005 and
called on the Commission to make every effort to achieve that aim, in
particular by finalising the international agreement by July 2005.
The Competitiveness Council will make every effort to respect, in all
certainty, the timetable laid down by the European Council for the
finalisation of the international agreement on ITER.

The Council invited the Commission to accelerate the necessary
preparatory work for the conclusion of the international agreement so
that it can be finalised by the Luxembourg Presidency.

It also invited the Commission to intensify contact with the partners
with a view to concluding with a maximum number of partners within
the envisaged timeframe, a 6 partner solution remaining the preferred
option of the Council."

1ITER is the english accronym for the international project on an
experimental thermonuclear reactor. Six parties, the European Union,
South Korea, China, the United States of America, Japan and Russia,
participate in the international negotiations for this project.

* Origin: [adminz] tech, security, support (192:168/0.2)

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