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MFF and ITER

EESC section opinion: MFF and ITER

Composition of the study group

Administrator: Kristian KRIEGER
Assistant: Nadezhda SERTOVA

Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting: 20 November 2018
Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session: 12-13 December 2018

Gist of the Commission document

On 7 June 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a Council Regulation concerned with the financial assistance of the ITER/Nuclear Fusion Energy programme. Fusion is expected to play an important role in Europe's future energy landscape as a virtually inexhaustible climate-friendly energy source. The Commission's proposal for a Council Decision seeks to secure funding for continued European participation in the ITER project aiming at key scientific breakthroughs in the development of fusion. European participation in ITER is based on the ITER Agreement signed in November 2006 between seven global partners. ITER represents a unique first-of-a-kind project developed through international scientific collaboration which allows for the synergies and mobilisation of financial resources that would not be possible for a single state.

This proposal for a Council Decision amends the Council Decision (2007/198/Euratom) of 27 March 2007 establishing the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy and conferring advantages upon it to provide the basis for the financing of the activities of this Joint Undertaking for the period 2021-2027 under the Euratom Treaty.