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28 October 2012

3rd Coordinating Committee meeting of the "Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Korea and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) in the field of Fusion Energy Research"

The bilateral Agreement entered into force in December 2006. Its third Coordinating Committee (CC-3) meeting was held in Aix-en-Provence (France) on 28 October 2012 in the margins of the ITER-MAC meeting.

The Korean delegation of nine members was headed by Mr Sang-Min PARK (Deputy Director, Fusion R&D Team, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology - MEST), while the Euratom delegation of eight members was headed by Mr Hervé PERO (Acting Director of the EC RTD-K Energy). The main CC-3 outcome was the following:

The CC confirmed ITER as the main priority for both programmes, and adopted the inventory of bilateral collaboration activities between entities from Euratom and the Republic of Korea, which should be mainly focused in support to ITER. That inventory presently includes about 34 topics involving eight Korean and eleven EU entities. The CC agreed to proceed with the continuous update of this inventory and to seek ways and topics to strengthen and broaden bilateral collaborations. In this regard, collaborative activities on ITER vacuum vessel, test blanket modules, diagnostics (BES, VUV) and materials among others, were addressed.

The Korean interest in Broader Approach activities and the reinforcement of cooperation between KSTAR and JET, and also other European tokamaks in particular Tore Supra and Asdex-UG, were discussed. Moreover, the CC agreed to deepen bilateral discussion on the principles of establishing an international network of facilities. Furthermore, the CC also agreed to intensify bilateral interactions in other multilateral forums, i.e. IAEA-IFRC, IEA Implementing Agreements and ITPA.

The CC adopted the bilateral EU-KR Work Programme composed of the following topics:

  • ITER project remains the main pillar and priority for both Parties in the next years.
  • Consolidation and extension of collaborative activities between Korean and Euratom entities.
  • Specific cooperation between the JET and KSTAR programmes.
  • Potential Korean participation in specific Broader Approach activities.
  • Discussion on principles of an international networking of facilities in support to ITER.