BROAD agreement has been reached in the EU Council of Ministers on the shape of the next Euratom research programme, (2002-6) although Member States have yet to reach a consensus regarding its budget or the future direction of studies into fission production.

Ministers however have stressed their commitment to fusion research to guarantee Europe's long-term energy needs, preferring it to be conducted within the ITER project. Regarding fission, the Council of Ministers (research) agreed on the importance of safety and radioprotection, ...

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