At their meeting on November 26, 2004, the European Research Ministers tackled the two major dossiers of the European research policy, namely the international negotiations on ITER and the future Community framework research programme. On ITER, the EU Ministers unanimously endorsed the modifications of the negotiation mandate as proposed by the European Commission after its meeting on November 16 in Strasbourg (France), aimed at reaching an agreement among the 6 Parties (the European Union, including Switzerland, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, and the Republic of Korea) for the construction of ITER at the European site of Cadarache, France, as soon as possible. At the press conference, European Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potocnik rejected the idea of setting a deadline for reaching a consensus among the six Parties.