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Headquarters Agreement enters into force
On Wednesday, 9 April 2008, the Headquarters Agreement between the ITER Organization and the French Government officially entered into force. The Agreement had been signed by Valérie Pécresse, Minister for Higher Education and Research on behalf of the French Government, and Kaname Ikeda, Director-General Nominee of the ITER Organization on 7 November last year and has now been legally ratified by the French Government.
This Agreement sets out the terms of cooperation between the new International Organization and the French authorities, in particular compliance with French regulations with respect to public safety and security, environmental protection, nuclear safety and radiological protection.
On the occasion the ITER Director-General Kaname Ikeda visited Roger Pizot, the mayor of Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, the community that is officially hosting the ITER project. "It is a big honor for us to host ITER," Pizot said. "Everybody here is fully committed to this unique project."
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