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The long-term objective of the EU Fusion Programme is the harnessing of fusion energy leading to the construction of prototype fusion power plants. The principal focus of the fusion research is on confining and heating plasmas using strong magnetic fields. It is conducted within the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) multi-annual framework programmes and the work will continue in the Sixth Framework Programme.
Fusion has a number of key aspects that make it attractive for the large-scale production of electricity: no greenhouse gases are produced and the system has inherent safety features. In addition, the raw materials required for the fuel are available in abundance everywhere. These combined advantages give fusion the potential to make a substantial contribution to future world energy demand.
Fusion R&D have been part of the Community research programme since the inception of the Euratom Treaty in 1957, in which it is listed as one of the areas of research to be supported by the Community. It has also been included in all five Research and Technological Development Framework Programmes. All the EU Member States and the third states associated with Euratom (Switzerland since 1979 and Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia since 1999), participate in the European Fusion Programme through Contracts of Association between the relevant research units and Euratom.

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Authors: No authors stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20229 EN (2003), 24 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20-229-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4721-4
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