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Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy and conferring advantages upon it, COM(2006) 458 final

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Abstract

The objective of this proposal is the establishment by Council decision under Article 49 of the Euratom Treaty of a Joint Undertaking, through which Euratom would provide its contribution to the proposed ITER international fusion research project and specific related fusion research activities.
By Decision of 16 November 2000, the Council directed the Commission to conduct negotiations on an international framework allowing the joint preparation for the future establishment of an ITER Legal Entity for ITER Construction and Operation, if and when so decided.
In this connection, the Council adopted Conclusions in November 2003 "authorizing the Commission to put forward Cadarache (France) as the European candidate site for ITER Project. The Council also decided unanimously that the ITER European legal entity will be located in Spain...."
By Council Decision of 26 November 2004, which amended the negotiation directive of 16 November 2000, the realisation of ITER Project in Europe in the framework of the "Broader Approach" to fusion energy was identified as the main feature of the fusion research activities to be carried out under the Euratom Research Framework Programmes.
The parties to the negotiations reached consensus in June 2005 to build the ITER Project in Europe. The proposed international agreement to establish the ITER International Fusion Energy Organisation for the Joint Implementation of the ITER Project (hereafter the "ITER Agreement" and the "ITER Organisation") was initialled on 24 May 2006 and submitted for approval by Council in accordance with Article 101 of the Euratom Treaty.

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Record Number: 8101 / Last updated on: 2006-09-08
Category: COM DOCUMENT
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