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The European Atomic Forum (FORATOM) is the Brussels-based trade association for the nuclear energy industry in Europe. Its main purpose is to promote the use of nuclear energy in Europe by representing the interests of this important and multi-faceted industrial sector.

Foratom acts as the voice of the industry in energy policy discussions involving the EU institutions and provide a “bridge” between the industry and the institutions (Members of the European Parliament and key policy-makers in the European Commission).

The membership of Foratom is made up of 16 national nuclear associations. Foratom also represents some of the continent's largest industrial concerns. Nearly 800 firms are represented.

EU Energy Commissioner stresses economic and environmental advantages of nuclear energy
On 23 August, speaking at an energy conference in Norway, “Offshore Northern Seas Conference 2006”, Andris Piebalgs discussed alternative energy sources to oil and gas. He highlighted the assets of nuclear when it comes to mitigating CO2 emissions and ensuring security of supply. 
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 August 2006 )
Forsmark incident rated as a Level 2...
Forsmark incident rated as a Level 2: taken seriously, but “without consequences to people or to the surrounding environment”
Last Updated ( Monday, 28 August 2006 )
Deal found on EURATOM Framework Programme at Competitiveness Council

Under the Finnish Presidency, the Council of ministers reached on 24 July 2006 an agreement on the EU's 7 th Framework Research Programme for 2007-2013. The total budget proposed amounts to € 50.5bn.

A compromise was also found on the FP7's EURATOM nuclear research programme for 2007-2011. The budget (€2.7bn) was agreed upon after Austria received assurances regarding the role of the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the global Generation IV nuclear power project.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 August 2006 )
G8 Endorses Development Of Next Generation Nuclear Energy Systems

17 Jul (NucNet): The G8 group of nations has endorsed the use of “safe and secure” nuclear energy and said it supports the development of innovative nuclear power systems.

In a statement on global energy security issued on 16 July 2006, the G8 said nations who have or are considering plans for nuclear energy believe it will contribute to global energy security while reducing air pollution and addressing climate change.

The G8, which is meeting in St Petersburg, said it acknowledged the efforts made in development by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) and the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) International.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 31 July 2006 )
UK Energy Review pushes for new nuclear fleet

The British government’s Energy Review, which was published on 11 July, states that the government will support the building of a fleet of new nuclear power plants in Britain. The decision on nuclear new build, which is part of a strategy that includes a major boost for renewable energies and a drive for greater energy efficiency in the home, is aimed at helping address a projected 30% shortfall in the country’s energy needs following the impending closure of coal, gas and nuclear power plants.

For further information, read the energy review at: 

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Last Updated ( Friday, 14 July 2006 )
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