Today in Brussels European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin presented the status of the international negotiations relating to the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) research project on nuclear fusion energy.
A significant step has been achieved with the entry into negotiations of the People’s Republic of China and the comeback of the United States of America. Participants to the negotiations will have to identify the ITER site from among the four current candidate sites. Further details on the most important questions relating to the ITER Negotiations will be published in a Communication that the Commission will present to the Council at its meeting on 12 May 2003.
“Nuclear fusion is a key field of European research,” said Commissioner Busquin. “The integration of all European research activities on fusion energy in the framework of the Euratom programmes has greatly contributed to placing Europe in a “position of excellence” world wide. This research requires a large experimental device, ITER, the engineering design of which was carried out successfully in the nineties in the framework of an international agreement between the European Union, with whom Canada was associated, Japan, the Russian Federation and, until 1998, the USA. With the US back on board and now as well as China, I am confident we will be able to give a new impetus to this key initiative.”
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