The European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) is a unique platform for a broad discussion, free of any taboos, on transparency issues as well as the opportunities and risks of nuclear energy. Founded in 2007, ENEF gathers all relevant stakeholders in the nuclear field: governments of the 27 EU Member States, European Institutions including the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee, nuclear industry, electricity consumers and the civil society.
ENEF goes back to an initiative of the European Commission that was endorsed by the leaders of the 27 EU Member States in March 2007. During their summit, they demonstrated that the EU is taking the lead in the fight against global warming.
EU heads of state and government adopted an energy policy for Europe which does not simply aim to boost competitiveness and secure energy supply, but also aspires to save energy and promote climate-friendly energy sources. Taking into account the substantial contribution of nuclear energy to meeting these challenges they endorsed the Commission proposal to organise a broad discussion among all relevant stakeholders on the opportunities and risks of nuclear energy.
As a concrete follow-up, the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia agreed to jointly host this nuclear discussion forum, the "European Nuclear Energy Forum", which is organised successively in Bratislava and Prague.
During the inaugural meeting on 26 and 27 November 2007 in Bratislava, three working groups on "Risks", "Opportunities", and "Transparency" have been set up, which meet more frequently and prepare the ENEF gatherings.