EU agrees to extend FP7 programme of nuclear research

12 July 2011

The Council of the European Union has agreed, in principle to extend for another two years the framework programme (FP7) for nuclear research. The current European nuclear research funding only runs for five years until the end of 2011, while the rest of the programme lasts until 2013.

The Euratom programme funds mainly fusion research (ITER), fission and radiation protection activities and research at the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

According to FORATOM, in March 2010, the European Commission published its proposal to extend the budget of the EURATOM FP7. It envisages allocating EUR 2.2 billion (86% of the overall sum) to nuclear fusion research and above all to the construction of the international experimental fusion reactor ITER in Cadarache, France, EUR 112 million to nuclear fission, education and training, and safety and radiation protection research, and EUR 233 million to the JRC.

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