Russia/EU do deal

30 October 2001

Russia and the EU have signed two cooperation agreements in the fields of nuclear safety and controlled fusion.

The agreements were signed in Brussels by Russia’s atomic energy minister Alexander Rumyantsev and EU commissioner for research Phillipe Busquin.

The nuclear safety agreement covers reactor safety, radiation protection, radioactive waste management, decommissioning and the control of nuclear fuel and material.

This agreement on nuclear fusion centres on research into generating energy by controlled fusion and on the technology needed for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

The first agreement is valid for 10 years, and the second valid for 5 years.

It was agreed that all costs will be borne by the party that incurs them. In the case of fusion, the European Commission proposes to spend 700 million Euros in the next research framework programme for 2003-2006.
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