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16 March 2010

13th Coordinating Committee meeting of the "Agreement for Cooperation between the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the Department of Energy (DOE) of the United States of America in the Field of Fusion Energy Research and Development"

The referred bilateral Agreement entered into force in May 2001 for five years. It has been recently extended a second time for an additional 5-year period until May 2016. Its 13th Coordinating Committee (CC-13) meeting was held on 16 March 2010 at the DOE headquarters in Washington (USA).

This CC-13 meeting served also as the first meeting of the subgroup 'Fusion Energy and Science' under the US-EU Energy Council (UEEC) Working Group-II on Technology, Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D).

The US delegation of fourteen members was headed by Dr. Edmund SYNAKOWSKY (Associate Director for Fusion Energy Sciences), while the Euratom delegation of eight members was headed by Dr. Octavi QUINTANA TRIAS (Director of the EC RTD-J Energy-Euratom). The main CC-13 outcome was the following:

The CC took note of the huge number of bilateral collaborative activities between about seventeen U.S. institutions and thirteen Euratom fusion associations and agreed that both Parties should coordinate the revision and completion of the inventory for its adoption by the CC as specific topic for the bilateral Work Programe Euratom-US DOE.

The CC agreed to establish a Joint Working Group in order to evaluate and discuss the enhancement of bilateral cooperation on JET, as well as the participation of U.S. experts to the technical assessment of two JET feasibility studies. Moreover, the CC agreed advancing the bilateral cooperation in the fields of stellarators and materials research.

The CC also agreed on the bilateral contribution to the first meeting of the referred Working Group II on Technology, Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) under the framework of the US-EU Energy Council (UEEC) to be held in Brussels on March 19, 2010.

The CC adopted the bilateral Euratom-US DOE Work Programme composed of the following topics:

  • Specific bilateral collaborations with the fusion Associations
  • EU-US collaboration relating to EFDA research activities
  • US specific cooperation in the JET program
  • EU-US bilateral activities regarding ITER between Domestic Agencies

Washington, 16 March 2010


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