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9 October 2012

Second meeting of the Subcommittee RTD-MOST on fusion energy research (FU-2) under the "Agreement  between the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the Government of the people's Republic of China for R&D Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy" (R&D PUNE Agreement).


The meeting was held in San Diego (USA) on the 9 of October 2012 in the margins of the IAEA Fusion Energy Conference.
The Chinese delegation of eight members was headed by Mr LUO Delong, Deputy Director-General, ITER China Domestic Agency, of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology while being the Euratom delegation of ten members headed by Mr Hervé PERO, acting Director of RTD-Directorate K.

At the meeting it was agreed to start assessing the future ITER operating costs and the establishment of an international network of programmes and facilities in support to the preparation of ITER operation and the training of the future ITER staff by continuing to closely monitor the ITER project.

The three packages of the bilateral Work Programme, agreed at the previous meeting in April 2012of the Subcommittee (FU-1), i.e.: development and use of research infrastructures; joint programming of priority topics; and specific actions on training and education, will be supported by the programmatic objectives: construction of ITER, preparation of ITER operation, education and training, future technological developments (TBM, etc.) and improved communication to the public. A specific working group to develop those packages was set up. In this respect, the approximate current 41 on-going collaborative activities -involving 9 European research institutions or fusion associations and 8 Chinese entities- included in bilateral inventories should in principle fit into those five objectives.

Further actions were agreed such as formulating schemes on education and training and communication, agreeing strategies for next ITER meetings. The current JET programme and the Chinese activities on the upgrade of the two Chinese tokamaks, EAST and HL-2A/2M were discussed such as the potential European involvement in the future construction of the 'Chinese Fusion Engineering Testing Reactor (CFETR).