On 6 April the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new EU programme for Research. The proposal provides new impetus to increase Europe’s growth and competitiveness, recognising that knowledge is Europe’s greatest resource. The programme places greater emphasis than in the past on research that is relevant to the needs of European industry, to help it compete internationally, and develop its role as a world leader in certain sectors. The programme will also for the first time provide support for the best in European investigator-driven research, with the creation of a European Research Council.

The Commission proposes in particular to double the FP7 budget compared with FP6, rising to EUR 67.8 billion over the period 2007-2013. Fusion is included in this proposal with 2167 MEuro under the EURATOM part. The adoption of the final programme is expected by Mid 2006.