The former French Minister of Research, Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg, has written, on May 3rd, to Commissioner Busquin to thank him for his reply to the request formulated by France at the December Research Council. He also notes the Spanish declaration as a new manifestation of the strong support of the EU member states to fusion research as already expressed several times at the Council level. In this context and in view of the negotiation meeting to be held in Cadarache on June 4th, he does confirm his letter of December 7th, 2001 concerning the proposal of Cadarache as a possible European site for ITER. He stresses the strong support to the Cadarache candidacy from the regional authorities as well as from the French scientific community.