At their meeting of 22nd September, the Competitiveness Council took note of a presentation by the Commission on the state of the process for identifying a European candidate site for ITER. The two sites proposed, Vandellos in Spain and Cadarache in France, have been analysed by a group chaired by Sir David King, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government. The report of this ITER site analysis group was presented at the Council. The Council has decided that discussions would continue on this question with a view to reaching a decision at its session on 27th November 2003. The Commission has the intention to submit by the end of 2003 proposals for decisions related to ITER:
• the international agreement on ITER implementation ; and
• the structure of the Joint Undertaking which will be responsible for the European contribution to the project.

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