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France leads ITER support call

The French government is leading eight European countries in calling for the European Union to keep the budget for the nuclear fusion project ITER and GMES, the EU’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme, within the research Framework Programme.

In a statement published on 15 November, Laurent Wauquiez, France’s minister for higher education and research, revealed that ministers from France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK have written collectively to the European Commission. In the letter the countries express their opposition to moves by the European Commission and the European Parliament to have the major projects removed from the Framework Programme budget.

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