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The Euratom Treaty, establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, governs primarily the activities of the European Union (EU) in the field of nuclear energy. The nuclear fission-related research activities co-sponsored by the European Commission are managed by the Directorate-General for Research and implemented through different four-year Euratom framework programmes.

Within the key action 'Nuclear fission' of the Euratom fifth framework programme (FP-5), 1998-2002, the area 'Operational safety of existing installations' was composed of three sub-areas: 'Plant life extension and management' (cluster PLEM); 'Severe accident management' (cluster SAM); and 'Evolutionary concepts' (cluster EVOL).

The cost of the 24 projects - contracted within the cluster SAM - amounted to about EUR 28.3 million, out of which the EC contributed about 15.2 million. Thirteen of them were shared-cost projects within the EC contribution of up to 50% of the total costs, while the other nine projects were thematic networks of concerted actions, in which the EC contribution covers mainly the coordination costs of the action. There were also two other projects under the modality transnational access to major research infrastructures.

several EU organisations were partners of the different consortia executing the referred 24 projects, some of which came from countries outside the European Union, i.e. from Bulgaria, Romania and Russia as EC-financed partners, and from Canada, Switzerland, and the United States as non-financed partners.

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Authors: MAGALLON D (EDITOR), European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21029 EN (2004), 53 pp. Euro: 15
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-21029-EN-S Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-7788-1
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