THE PROPOSED priorities of the oncoming Euratom framework programme for research may be re-examined, following a vote by the European Parliament for the 2002-2006 grants scheme to given an extra Euro 100 million. This, said MEP's, would ensure that funding for studies into thermonuclear fusion remains as with the previous programme, at Euro 800 million. This would bring the next Euratom research budget up to Euro 1,330 million. Meanwhile, the parliament also voted for greater emphasis to be placed on examining the safety of existing plants, ...

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