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29 May 2012

MEP Monika Hohlmeier receives an update on the progress of the ITER project

MEP Monika Hohlmeier and F4E Director, Frank Briscoe

Nearly one year after her first official visit with the European Parliament’s delegation to the ITER construction site, Monika Hohlmeier, MEP of the European People’s party and member of the Budgets Committee, visited the F4E headquarters to receive an update on the overall progress of the ITER project and in particular on Europe’s contribution.

In a lively discussion, Frank Briscoe, the Director of F4E, took the opportunity to formally introduce the organisation’s newly appointed top Management and elaborate on the organisational improvements in the areas of governance and processes. The next point of discussion was the progress in the fields of construction and manufacturing of components. The completion of the PF coils building, the erection of retaining walls of the Tokamak complex and the installation of the plinths, were high on the agenda. The production of components and the potential technological transfers stemming from the project in order to boost Europe’s growth and competitiveness were also discussed.

Monika Hohlmeier thanked the F4E Director and his staff for the frank discussion which allowed her to receive a fresh insight and confirmed her interest and support to the project. The F4E Director, in turn, expressed his gratitude to the MEP for her vivid interest and the support shown by the European Parliament to allow Europe honour its obligations vis à vis the other parties.