Introduction: Nuclear power is accounts for one third of the electricity generated in the EU and this contribution is likely to be maintained in years to come. At the same time, European citizens are entitled to guarantees when it comes to the security of nuclear installations. Europe's response to these challenges is EURATOM. Its research programme is divided into two parts: firstly "indirect" research actions into fusion energy, nuclear fission and radiation protection and secondly "direct" research actions by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).
Objectives: Research into fusion energy includes work on the joint implementation of ITER (as an international research infrastructure). Research into nuclear fission includes the management of radioactive waste, the continued safe operation of existing reactor systems, radiation protection, access to research infrastructures and the development of knowledge and competence in the nuclear field. Activities of the JRC will focus on the management of nuclear waste and its environmental impact and on nuclear safety.
- Nuclear fusion
- Nuclear fission and radiation protection
- Nuclear activities of the JRC
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What key stakeholders should I be aware of?
- The European Atomic Energy Community:
- European Commission Energy Research: http://ec.europa.eu/research/energy/index_en.htm
- The activities of the Joint Research Centre: