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Euratom research and training in nuclear reactor safety: towards the European research and higher education area



This is an invited lecture, by Georges Van Goethem, co-ordinator of nuclear reactor safety research at the European Commission, DG Research, prepared for the FISA-2003 conference, to be held in Luxembourg, 10 to 13 November 2003. In it, research and training in nuclear fission are looked at from a European perspective with emphasis on the three success factors of any European policy, namely: needs, vision and instruments.

The following questions are addressed. What is driving the current EU trend towards more research, more education and more training in general? Regarding nuclear fission, in particular, who are the end-users of Euratom 'research and training' and what are their expectations from EU programmes? Do all stakeholders share the same vision about European research and training in nuclear fission? What are the instruments proposed by the European Commission (EC) to conduct joint research programmes of common interest for the nuclear fission community?

The author concludes that amongst the stakeholders there seems to be a wide consensus about needs and instruments but a common vision about a nuclear research strategy is still lacking. European research in nuclear fission is still too much fragmented across Europe. It has not yet reached the "critical mass" necessary to levy the governmental and industrial resources needed to face all challenges posed by an ageing nuclear power park and its renewal by the year 2015.

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Record Number: 2733 / Last updated on: 2003-10-24
Category: POLI