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Enlargement in May 2004 was something for which ITU worked hard for several years. Workshops and visits in 2004 were held bringing more than 200 scientists and specialists in a wide range of disciplines to ITU. Our personnel also visited the new member states, participating in workshops, and organizing exercises on detection of illicit trafficking at border crossing in Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia in 2004. Many such exercises and workshops were held in other countries in previous years and have been discussed in earlier reports. Although a few days before the actual �day� - 1 May 2004 - the new flag poles appeared to resemble masts in a wind swept harbour; on the actual day they were all wonderfully vertical and a slight breeze made a spectacular view with the European and 25 member state flags flying proud from the masts.
Many friends from the new countries joined us for a fine party that opened with the Beethoven�s 9th symphony and finished with speeches and champagne.
Our �core business� remains science, and in 2004 there was much of it. No less than 6 workshops this past year gave a sense of the breadth and excitement of the scientific profile of the Institute. These are discussed in the section on �events� with suitable photos, but the collaborations established and the ideas exchanged remain woven into the fabric of ITU.
On 6-July after an extensive qualification phase, the Minor Actinide Laboratory went into active operation. A batch of americium oxide was introduced in the boxes, for the fabrication of pellets and pins for the CAMIX/COCHIX project.
We also had our share of visitors, notably visits from Hans-Gert Pöttering, presently chairman of the European People�s Party at the European Parliament, accompanied by a number of other MEP�s and from Wolfram König, President of the German Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz to discuss a series of collaborations, primarily in the area of detecting and stopping illicit trafficking of nuclear material.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21511 EN (2005), 75 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-8925-1
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