The European Commission has today proposed to set up a "Supplementary Research Programme" under the Euratom Treaty for the EU contribution to the ITER project from 2014 to 2018.
This responds to the Commission's Communication “A Budget for Europe 2020” that proposed to fund this contribution outside the Multi-annual Financial Framework ("MFF") after 2013. The Supplementary Research Programme will ensure that Europe is able to honour its international obligations to the ITER project.
ITER aims to demonstrate fusion as a viable and sustainable source of energy. The project brings together seven parties that represent half of the world’s population – the European Union, Russia, Japan, China, India, South Korea and the United States. ITER is being built in Cadarache, France.