Brussels, 25 Jan 2006
Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for Science and Research has signed the letter of accession of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) to the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Framework Agreement. The Forum serves as a framework for international research and development on promising new nuclear energy systems to meet future energy challenges.
The objective is nuclear systems with advanced nuclear safety, improved nuclear non-proliferation resistance and physical protection, competitive costs of energy production and minimized waste and the best use of natural resources. EURATOM membership in GIF provides the opportunity for all interested Member States to participate in GIF Research & Development activities, to build competence and knowledge and gain information about the technical and safety issues connected to the next generation of nuclear reactor systems. It is expected that GIF R&D will also lead to significant developments in non-nuclear fields, e.g. materials, electronics and informatics.