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12 October 2010

2nd 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 referred bilateral Agreement entered into force in December 2006. Its second Coordinating Committee (CC-2) meeting was held in Daejeon (Rep. of Korea) on 12 October 2010 in the margins of the 23rd IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, which was opened by the Korean Prime Minister Mr. Hwang Sik KIM.

The Korean delegation of sixteen members was headed by Dr. Gyung-Su LEE (President of the National Fusion Research Institute NFRI and Director General of ITER Korea), while the Euratom delegation of fifteen members was headed by Dr. Octavi QUINTANA TR√ćAS (Director of the EC RTD-J Energy-Euratom). The main CC-2 outcome was the following:

The CC adopted the inventory of bilateral collaboration activities between entities from Euratom and the Republic of Korea. This includes about 15 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, activities on Vacuum Vessel, Test Blanket Modules and Tritium Storage, as well as those of EFDA tasks forces and topical groups, were discussed.

On the potential institutionalised partnership of the Rep. of Korea in the JET programme of operation and exploitation, the CC agreed to continue the bilateral exchange of information aimed at clarifying possible modalities of such Korean involvement. Moreover, Korea announced its intention to check the feasibility of a potential Korean participation in specific activities and projects under the Broader Approach (BA) agreement under the framework of the 'Guidelines on participation of other ITER Parties in BA Activities'.

Furthermore, the CC agreed to intensify bilateral interactions in other multilateral forums, i.e. ITPA, IEA Implementing Agreements and ISTC Programme.

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

  • Consolidation and extension of collaborative activities between Korean and Euratom entities.
  • Potential Korean partnership in the JET programme of operation and exploitation.
  • Potential Korean participation in activities and projects under the Broader Approach agreement between Japan and Euratom.
  • Bilateral cooperation in multilateral fusion forums, notably in the International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA) and in IEA Implementing Agreements.

Daejeon, 12 October 2010


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