Martina Dlabajová, MEP of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Vice-Chair of the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament, visited the ITER site in Cadarache to receive an update on the overall progress of the ITER project and in particular on Europe’s contribution.
After a tour of the challenging construction being carried out on the ITER site, Martina Dlabajová engaged in a lively discussion with a group of representatives from F4E and ITER IO which included Glenn Counsell, Deputy Head of the F4E ITER Department, and Ioan Cruceana, Head of Cabinet of the ITER IO Director General. Points discussed included the manufacturing of components for the ITER machine that F4E is responsible for delivering. For instance, the completion of the fabrication of the ITER Magnets, the development of the full-scale prototype of the Divertor Remote handling system and the work related to the ITER Electron Cyclotron and Neutral Beam Heating Systems, are just some examples that demonstrate F4E’s ambitious contribution to the ITER project. Another point of discussion was the F4E contracts and grants with European industry and research laboratories, and how the production of components and the potential technological transfers stemming from ITER boost Europe’s growth and competitiveness.
Martina Dlabajová thanked F4E and ITER IO for the site visit and the informative discussion which allowed her to gain an insight into the project. F4E and ITER IO, in turn, expressed their gratitude to the MEP for her keen interest and support to the ITER project.
Read more (in Czech) about MEP Martina Dlabajová’s visit to the ITER site on her blog.