As 2005 comes to an end, it is important to highlight what an important year this has been for fusion research. On 28 June, the ITER parties (Europe, US, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia) took the decision to construct ITER in Europe, in Cadarache, France. More recently India has joined ITER and the negotiations, which restarted at the end of summer, are now coming to a conclusion. With ITER construction close to starting, EFDA launched a new enhancement programme in April and July that will reinforce the JET capability to prepare for ITER operation. A key element will be the installation in three years time of a complete set of ITER-like wall and divertor materials. Looking at the shorter term, we hope that 2006 will see a number of successful JET experimental campaigns, capitalising on the recent enhancements of the facilities. With so many exciting events as a backdrop, I would like to wish all those involved in JET and their families a Merry Christmas and a happy 2006.

Dr. Jérôme Paméla, EFDA Associate Leader for JET