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6 May 2010

3rd Coordinating Committee meeting of the "Agreement for Cooperation between European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and Kazakhstan in the field of Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion"

The referred bilateral Agreement entered into force in 2004. Its third Coordinating Committee meeting (CC-3) was held in Astana on 6 May 2010. The CC-2 was held in September 2008. The CC-3 was opened by the Deputy Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Duisembay TURGANOV, accompanied on the EU side, by the Ambassador of Spain, Mr. Alberto ANTÓN as rotating Presidency of the EU, the Ambassador of the EU Delegation in Astana, Mr. Norbert JOUSTEN, and the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Dushan PODGORSKY.

The Kazakhstan delegation of nineteen members was headed Mr. Timur ZHANTIKIN, head of Atomic Energy Committee of the Ministry of Industry and New Technology (MINT), while the delegation of Euratom with fourteen members was headed by Mr. Alejandro ZURITA (RTD-J.1 Euratom International Agreements). The main CC-3 outcome was the following:

The CC reviewed the inventory of bilateral ongoing collaborative activities between Euratom and Kazakhstan fusion entities, mainly consisting of ISTC ongoing projects relevant to the Kazakhstani Tokamak on fusion Material research (KTM); the establishment of a KTM International Users Club; the potential Kazakh collaborations with EFDA task forces and topical groups and with JET (Joint European Torus); and various proposals for new projects and collaborative activities with the fusion associations CIEMAT (Spain), ENEA (Italy) and KIT (Germany). In this regard, an agreement for scientific research collaboration between Institute for Atomic Energy (IAE) of the National Nuclear Center (NNC) and CIEMAT was signed during the meeting, and a specific draft agreement was also discussed with ENEA.

For the purpose of the future cooperation between KTM and JET facilities and laboratories, both sides agreed to explore the possibility to conclude an 'implementing arrangement' as foreseen in the bilateral Fusion Cooperation Agreement.

The CC adopted the bilateral Euratom-KZ Work Programme, composed of the following topics:

  • Inventory of specific ongoing collaborations between Euratom and Kazakh entities
  • Consolidation of the KTM International Users Club
  • Potential collaboration with EFDA-JET and EFDA task forces and topical groups
  • Successful completion of co-funded ISTC projects with European fusion collaborators
  • Supporting the formalization of Kazakh observer status in OECD IEA-FPCC and related Implementing Agreements.

The Euratom delegation also visited the facilities of the tokamak KTM in Kurchatov City, as well as the IGR pulse research reactor.


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