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Council adopts research and training programme in nuclear energy

The Council of the European Union has, for the Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (RTD), made a Decision on 25 January 1999 to adopt a research and training programme in the field of nuclear energy for the period up to 31 December 2002.

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The Council of the European Union has, for the Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (RTD), made a Decision on 25 January 1999 to adopt a research and training programme in the field of nuclear energy for the period up to 31 December 2002.

The amount for carrying out the specific programme is 979 million euro (see details below), with a maximum of 13.5% for the Commission's administrative expenditure.

Article 5 of the Decision requires the Commission to draw up a work programme, which includes the objectives and RTD priorities, as follows.

The aim of this programme is to help exploit the full potential of nuclear energy, both fusion and fission, in a sustainable manner, by making current technologies even safer and more economical, and by exploring promising new concepts. It has three distinct components:

- A key action on controlled thermonuclear fusion, the aim of which is to further develop the necessary basis for a decision on and the possible construction of an experimental reactor, as well as basic concepts and technologies required in the longer term;
- A key action on nuclear fission, the aims of which are to enhance the safety of Europe's nuclear installations, to improve the competitiveness of Europe's industry, to ensure the protection of workers and the public from radiation and to help solve waste management and disposal problems;
- Research and technological development activities of a generic nature, the aim of which is to consolidate and advance European knowledge and competence in several areas concerning radiological protection and health.

Details of the amount of 979m euro for the specific programme on research and training in the field of nuclear energy:

-Key actions:
. Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion 788m;
. Nuclear Fission 142m;

-RTD activities of a generic nature 39m;

- Support for research infrastructure 10m.

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