Programme - ITER project

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EESC opinion: Programme - ITER project

Key points:

  • The Committee reiterates the importance of this major international project for the competitiveness of European industry in developing the most ambitious new technologies.
  • The Committee opposes the Commission's proposal to remove European commitments in constructing ITER from the multiannual financial framework.  Doing so would not only compromise the project, but also throw into question the reliability of the EU as an international partner.
  • Given that the Commission did not build ITER into the multiannual financial framework as a matter of course, the Committee recommends that a way be sought, together with the Council, the Parliament and the EIB, to enable this retroactively.
  • The Committee recommends drawing on surplus funds from the multiannual financial framework that would otherwise be returned to the Member States.

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