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Proposal for a Council Decision on the adoption of a supplementary research programme to be implemented by the Joint Research Centre for the European Atomic Energy Community, COM(2009) 198 final

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Abstract

On 19 February 2004, the Council adopted a three-year supplementary research programme to be implemented by the Joint Research Centre for the European Atomic Energy Community (2004-2006) concerning the operation of the Community's High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten (The Netherlands). On 26 November 2007, the Council adopted an extension of one year (2007) to this supplementary programme. This programme therefore expired on 31 December 2007. The operation of the HFR continued throughout 2008 without a supplementary research programme while efforts were made to base its operation and exploitation on an independent and more durable legal regime. Since these efforts failed, it will now be necessary to provide for continued financial support under a new supplementary research programme.
The present communication concerns thus a new three-year programme for the HFR operation (2009-2011).
The HFR is used by the Commission in accordance with the agreement between Euratom and The Netherlands of 25 July 1961. Under this agreement, the Commission on behalf of the Community has committed itself to build the necessary facilities and to provide additional equipment in order to make "optimum use" of these facilities (including the HFR). This agreement was signed for a period of 99 years. In order to execute it, the two parties concluded a long lease for 99 years conferring a right in rem ("bail emphytéotique") on 31 October 1962.

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Record Number: 9859 / Last updated on: 2009-07-22
Category: COM DOCUMENT