In FP7 Euratom there are two associated specific programmes:
- indirect actions in the fields of fusion energy research and nuclear fission and radiation protection
- direct actions in the nuclear field undertaken by the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
The European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) is a legal entity in its own right, separate from the European Union. Whilst individual member states retain primary control of most energy policies, Euratom has managed to achieve some harmonisation at European level, which it is wishing to build on.
Euratom indirect actions are managed by the Commission's Directorate-General for Research (DG RTD). The specific programmes allocate €1 947 million to fusion energy research and €287 million for nuclear fission and radiation protection. €517 million are reserved for nuclear activities of the JRC. The JRC is also a partner in many of the consortia implementing indirect actions in the fission area.
FP7 Euratom aims to address the major issues and challenges in nuclear research and to contribute to the further consolidation of the European Research Area in the nuclear energy sector. It also supports existing Community policies while at the same time responding to new policy requirements.