France chosen as EU candidate for thermonuclear reactor site

On 26 November, the Competitiveness Council chose Cadarache (France) as the EU candidate site for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

The Competitiveness Council on 26 November decided unanimously to amend the Commission's negotiating directives on the establishment of an international framework concerning the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), deciding that the EU's ITER candidate site should be Cadarache in France.

ITER is a new experimental reactor producing a high level of energy through the fusion of hydrogen nuclei at very high temperatures. European candidates for the hard-fought site were Vandellos in Spain and Cadarache in France.

The negotiations on ITER are currenty being undertaken by Canada, China, the EU, Japan, Korea, Russia and the US - the next meeting will be held on 4 December. There are three candidates to hosting the site: Cadarache (France), Claington (Canada) and Rokkasho (Japan).


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