At the press conference after the Council of Ministers meeting on the March 11, 2004, Commissioner Philippe Busquin commented that “Europe is the world leader on fusion; our candidature is the best,” when asked about the progress on the ITER negotiations. His statement was supported by the Irish government, who currently holds the rotating EU presidency, and the French research minister Claudie Haigneré who underlined the importance of ITER for maintaining the competences of the European fusion scientific community. ITER in Europe will contribute to the drive of establishing Europe as a knowledge based economy providing the best environment for young researchers.