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Energy 17-09-2021

ITER nuclear fusion reactor hit by COVID delay, rising costs

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) currently under construction in Cadarache, Southern France, will see cost overruns and delays due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, its top official said on Friday (17 September).
Energy 29-07-2020

Work starts in France to recreate power of the Sun

Fourteen years after receiving the official go-ahead, scientists began to assemble a machine in southern France on Tuesday (28 July) that will seek to prove whether nuclear fusion, the process which powers the Sun, can be a safe and viable energy source for Earth.
Energy 16-01-2019

MEPs agree to fund ‘chimera’ nuclear fusion project

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday (15 January) to extend the funding of an experimental fusion power reactor through to 2027, although some MEPs are still concerned about the multi-billion euro moon-shot that could revolutionise the way power is generated.
Electricity 22-11-2017

Brexit impact on energy markets could be ‘limited’, study says

Brexit could have a limited effect on energy markets in both the United Kingdom and the European Union, according to a new study that is optimistic about the future of energy policy. But the Court of Auditors has warned that experimental energy research could suffer
Energy 26-10-2016

Nuclear fusion project leader laments ‘uncontrollable’ political forces

Creating an experimental nuclear fusion reactor is an undertaking that has to face both technical and political challenges. Bernard Bigot, director general of the ITER project, told EURACTIV Spain that the political forces are "more uncontrollable" though.

Troubled ITER looks for new path

Bedevilled by technical delays, labyrinthine decision-making and cost estimates that have soared from five to around fifteen billion euros, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project is saddled with a reputation as a money pit.
Euro & Finance 20-11-2012

Leading MEP: A witness to amazing things at budget summits

Even if there is no agreement reached at the 22-23 November EU summit, the discussion is necessary, says MEP Ivailo Kalfin, one of the two European Parliament rapporteurs on the 2014-2020 EU budget. As a foreign minister during the negotiation of the previous budget, he said he saw major misunderstandings at the summit table.
Climate change 19-01-2012

Clini: Environment, growth are ‘two sides of the same coin’

Italians decidedly rejected nuclear power in a referendum last year, but that does not mean abandoning the study and research on atomic energy, Environment Minister Corrado Clini said in an interview with EURACTIV Italy.

Fusion project funding dispute threatens Horizon 2020

An ongoing tussle between the EU institutions over the future funding of a controversial nuclear fusion project – which will come under the spotlight during the Danish EU presidency – threatens to hack into the European Commission’s €85-billion Horizon 2020 budget proposal.

MEPs question cash-strapped ITER in light of Fukushima

EU nuclear fusion project ITER should be abandoned because it is set to be built in an earthquake zone, like the stricken Fukushima plant in Japan, MEPs will argue today (20 April) as last-chance proposals for the project to pay off a €1.3 billion funding shortfall are tabled for discussion.
Energy 26-11-2010

Brussels tables alternative funding plan for ITER

Faced with a deadlock over the EU's 2011 budget, the European Commission will present today (26 November) "an alternative approach" to fund the bloc's multi-billion euro ITER project for nuclear fusion. 

Commission gives €1.4bn to ITER nuclear fusion project

With EU governments unwilling to fill the funding gaps in the multi-billion international nuclear fusion research project ITER, the European Commission is proposing to put an extra 1.4 billion euro on the table to honour the bloc's international commitment.  

Funding crisis for nuclear fusion project ITER

A multi-billion euro international research project has run into deep financial trouble as EU governments scramble to find money to meet spiralling costs. However, with European credibility at stake, officials say there is no question of abandoning the project despite the yawning funding gaps.

ITER gets final go-ahead

The world's most expensive science experiment, the ITER project, aims to produce energy the way sun does, via fusion.

Construction of contested fusion reactor to start in 2007

The EU and its 6 partner countries have given a formal go ahead for the construction of the world's biggest experimental nuclear fusion reactor, ITER. Environmental NGOs fear the mammoth project will swallow financing from renewables R&D.

Green call for reallocation of EU’s energy R&D funds

The Parliament's Greens/EFA group says that the current FP7 is biased towards the promotion of forms of energy that have no future and is calling for common sense and democratic debate on the allocation of the EU's energy research funds.

EU and China to step up science co-operation

China and the EU have endorsed a joint statement on co-operation in space exploitation and science and technology development.

Mixed reactions to ITER

The quest to find a cheap and inexhaustible way to meet global energy needs was given a boost when a 30-nation consortium chose France to host the world's first nuclear fusion reactor. Opinions remain divided over whether nuclear fusion is safe and economically viable as a sustainable source of energy production.  

France to host ITER project

After long and difficult negotiations, the six parties to the international negotiations on the ITER nuclear fusion research project have decided that ITER should be located at the site proposed by the EU - Cadarache in southern France.

Tokyo still mulling ITER decision

Japan has denied making a decision on conceding the ITER nuclear reactor project to France. The final word from Tokyo is expected by this summer.

Poto?nik: Views are converging on ITER

Although agreement with Japan is still to be reached, EU ministers are confident that the world's first nuclear fusion reactor will be built in Europe, in France. 
Energy 29-11-2004

‘Privileged partnership with Japan’ is new Commission mandate for ITER talks

The Competitiveness Council has given a new mandate to the Commission to pursue an agreement on the location of the thermonuclear reactor by making Japan a 'special partner'.
Energy 28-09-2004

EU still hopes to reach international agreement on ITER

Following rumours that the EU may go it alone, both Council and Commission have been quick to stress their wish to reach an international agreement on the location of the ITER site for fusion research.
Energy 28-11-2003

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).