Subscribe options

Select your newsletters:


Please enter your email address:

@

News & Media

Latest ITER Newsline

  • Pre-compression ring facility | Ready to exert serious pressure

    The tool is ready; the first prototypes are on their way. Soon, a specialized test bench at CNIM (France) will enter into service to verify the resistance of th [...]

    Read more

  • Internal auditor | A partner in identifying solutions

    ITER's new internal auditor Friedrich Lincke goes where his expertise is needed to make a difference. Armed with valuable experience from many years of service [...]

    Read more

  • Sub-assembly tools | A 12-tonne beam, a crane and a little push

    There is nothing remarkable about lifting a 12-tonne beam. Except when it happens in the spectacular setting of the ITER Assembly Hall, and the beam needs to be [...]

    Read more

  • Hiring | Skilled candidates wanted

    In 2018 the number of staff members employed by the ITER Organization increased to 858, as skilled and qualified candidates joined from each of the seven ITER M [...]

    Read more

  • Toroidal field coils | First ITER magnet arrives this year

    A major milepost is projected for 2019 as the first of ITER's powerful, high-field magnets is scheduled to arrive from Japan. Let's take a look behind the scene [...]

    Read more

Of Interest

See archived entries

PACA Region reaffirms commitment to ITER

Robert Arnoux

A large part of money pledged by the PACA Region has already been used to build the International School in Manosque. (Click to view larger version...)
A large part of money pledged by the PACA Region has already been used to build the International School in Manosque.
Six years ago, as negotiations to choose a site for ITER were ongoing, the local governments of the PACA region, where Cadarache is located, offered to participate in the funding of the project.

All together, the six neighbouring  départements, the Greater Aix Council and the PACA Regional Council agreed to pledge EUR 467 million to ITER. A large part of this budget has already been used to build the International School in Manosque, the ITER Itinerary and also to fund various ITER-related development projects in the Durance Valley.

Having committed EUR 152 million, the PACA Regional Council is one of the two major local contributors to the ITER Project. Of that sum, about half has yet to be spent.

When the last regional elections were held in 2004, the victorious Socialist/Green alliance devised the so-called "Alter-ITER Agreement": For each euro spent by the Regional Council on ITER — with the exception of the money allocated to the International School —, one euro would be spent on an alternative energy project.

As regional elections are being held to renew the Council, Europe-Écologie—a new environmentalist movement that includes the Greens—has raised the question of regional participation in the funding of ITER. It has acknowledged, however, that since the money was pledged there is no turning back: it will go to ITER as originally intended.

As compensation, Europe-Écologie has obtained from its Socialist allies an upgraded "Alter-ITER" type agreement. For each "ITER euro," two euros will now go to alternative energy projects.

Despite the large headlines in the local press recently and outcry from several sides, not a thing will change for ITER: the sums allocated by the Regional Council are not affected by the Socialist/ Europe-Écologie alliance.

As Michel Vauzelle, the current President of the PACA Regional Council, declared as he was handing out leaflets on Thursday 18 March at the entrance of CEA-Cadarache: "Our agreement is perfectly clear. The Regional Council will stick to its initial commitment."



return to the latest published articles