Euratom commits to fusion

29 November 2000

Broad agreement has been reached in the European Union Council of Ministers on the shape of the next Euratom research programme (2002-6), although Member States have yet to reach a consensus regarding its budget or the future direction of studies into fission production.

Ministers however have stressed their commitment to fusion research to guarantee Europe's long-term energy needs, preferring it to be conducted within the ITER project. Regarding fission, the Council of Ministers (research) agreed on the importance of safety and radioprotection, but not a European Commission proposal to fund the development of new reactor types that produce less waste. These Euratom studies would form part of the European Union's sixth framework programme for research.

Privacy Policy
We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.