Brussels, 03 Mar 2003
The Council took note of an oral report presented by Commissioner Busquin on the state of play concerning the international negotiations on a joint initiative on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). Looking forward to more detailed discussions at one of its future sessions the Council underlined the importance of determining a suitable site for the construction of ITER.
It is recalled that the aim of ITER is to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy for peaceful purposes. The Commission indicated that it would submit a comprehensive report for the May Competitiveness Council on the progress made in negotiations. It should be noted that by a decision taken in November 2000, the Council of the European Union provided directives to the Commission to conduct negotiations on the establishment of an international framework allowing ITER EDA (Engineering Design Activities ) Parties and qualified third countries to prepare jointly for the future establishment of an ITER Legal Entity (ILE) for ITER construction and operation, if and when decided.