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3rd meeting, 3 & 4 November 2008, Bratislava

The third plenary meeting of the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) took place in Bratislava on 3 and 4 November 2008, gathering more than 200 high-ranking participants from all relevant stakeholders. The discussions allowed progress on important subjects such as transparency in nuclear projects, harmonised safety standards, requirements of a modern electricity grid, and pricing models for nuclear energy. At the same time, they reflected the different opinions on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The Forum was opened by the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Robert Fico, and his Czech counterpart, Mirek Topolánek. In his welcome message to the Forum, EU energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs highlighted the importance of investing in low-carbon electricity generation. He also confirmed that the Commission will present a revised proposal for a directive on nuclear safety.

The Forum called for improved "transparency of nuclear energy" promoting a shift from a 'culture of silence' to a 'culture of active information'. This should become a priority for all key actors in the nuclear community in order to build trust and understanding. To this effect the Forum supports the efforts, already initiated by the Commission, to facilitate the distribution of objective and reliable information. In addition, it is necessary to develop an appropriate consultative process in the nuclear field, building in particular on municipalities with nuclear facilities and local information commissions.

As regards "risks of nuclear energy" the Forum supports a legal framework for nuclear safety responding to the public demand as underlined by public opinion surveys. This will allow moving from a voluntary and indicative context to legally binding rules, providing additional rights to EU citizens. Further efforts in the field of education and training also need to be developed linking universities, companies and civil society while taking into account the need for nuclear safety as well as the requirements of nuclear medicine.

On the "opportunities of nuclear energy" the Forum examined various possible options for translating cost aspects of nuclear energy into energy prices for the final consumer. As 50 % of the electricity generation capacity in the European Union will have to be replaced in the coming decades, ENEF stated that it is time to reconsider the grid concept. A new European smart grid should be more secure, efficient and integrated and would need to link large power plants guaranteeing base-load electricity, which is essential for the EU economy, and a series of small decentralized power sources resulting from the rapid development of renewable energy. The need for increased energy efficiency is also important for the definition and maintenance of the grid.

Programme pdf - 266 KB [266 KB]

Participants' list pdf - 67 KB [67 KB]

Conclusions pdf - 55 KB [55 KB]

Monday 3 November 2008

Inaugural session

Mr Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic pdf - 11 KB [11 KB]

Mr Mirek Topolánek, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic pdf - 50 KB [50 KB]

Message from the French EU Presidency, delivered by Ambassador Henry Cuny pdf - 606 KB [606 KB]

Message from Mr Andris Piebalgs, Member of the European Commission in charge of energy, delivered by Mr Dominique Ristori, Deputy Director General, European CommissionAll available translations.

Members of the European Parliament

Mr Ján Hudacký (European People's Party & European Democrats)

Mrs Edit Herczog (Socialist Group)

Mr Janos Tóth, Chairman of the Energy Section of the European Economic and Social Committee 

Mr Lubomir Jahnátek, Slovak Minister of Economy

Mr Martin Říman, Czech Minister of Industry and Trade

Mr Fulvio Conti, CEO of ENEL

Mr Jorgo Riss, Executive Director of Greenpeace EU Unit

Mr Dominique Ristori, Deputy Director General, European Commission, who will introduce the speakers

General session

Chair

Mr Dominique Ristori, Deputy Director General, European Commission

Theme 1: Transparency

Presentation of Working Group activities by Mr. Janos Tóth, Chairman of the Energy Section of the European Economic and Social Committee pdf - 785 KB [785 KB]

Discussion with panellists and Forum members on "developing an appropriate consultative process in the nuclear field"

Mrs Edith Herczog, Member of the European Parliament

Ms Ana de Palacio, Member of the Executive Board, AREVA

Mr Roland Palmqvist, President of GMF (Group of European municipalities with nuclear facilities) pdf - 652 KB [652 KB]

Mr Jean-Claude Delalonde, President of ANCLI (Association Nationale des Commissions Locales d'Information) pdf - 44 KB [44 KB]

Ms Patricia Lorenz, Friends of the Earth

Other Forum Members

Mr Håkan Wingren, Eurelectric pdf - 571 KB [571 KB]

Mr Jan Haverkamp, Greenpeace

Mr Bruno Lescoeur, Senior Executive Vice-President EDF

Mr Franc Bogovic, GMF Presidium / Mayor of Krsko

Dinner speech by Mr Philippe Pradel, Chairman EU Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform

Presentation of the 2008 Nuclear Energy Outlook, by Mr Stan Gordelier, Head Nuclear Development Division, OECD/NEA pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

Tuesday 4 November 2008

Theme 2: Risks of nuclear energy

Presentation of Working Group activities by Mr Walter Hohlefelder, Advisor to the CEO of EON pdf - 541 KB [541 KB]

Presentation of Chairman Dr. Werner Zaiss pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Considerations on a potential EU Safety Directive pdf - 61 KB [61 KB]

Discussion with panellists and Forum members on "nuclear safety in the EU" 

Mr Paul Rorive, Advisor to the CEO for Nuclear Affairs, GDF Suez pdf - 702 KB [702 KB]

Mr Noel Camarcat, Special Advisor EDF

Ms Patricia Lorenz, Friends of the Earth

Mr Peter Faross, Director Nuclear energy, European Commission

Other Forum Members

Mr Marc Beyens, INLA

Mr Vince Novak, EBRD

Mr Jozef Zlatnansky, ENEL

Mr Rüdiger König, RWE

Mr George Sallit, UK EAR-TRAM

Theme 3: Opportunities of nuclear energy 

Presentation of Working Group activities by Mr Jean-Pol Poncelet, Advisor to the CEO of AREVA pdf - 595 KB [595 KB]

Discussion with panellists and Forum members on "the new concepts of the EU electricity grid" and "concrete ways to translate cost aspects of nuclear into electricity prices for the benefit of final consumers"

Mr Ján Hudacký, Member of the European Parliament

Mr André Merlin, Chairman of the International Council for Large Electrical Systems

Mr Pertti Simola, Executive Vice-President PVO pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Mr Daniel Cloquet, Director, BusinessEurope

Mr Jan Haverkamp, Greenpeace pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

Other Forum Members

Mr Hans Gruenfeld, President IFIEC

Mr Roberto Adinolfi, CEO Ansaldo Nuclear

Mr Juho Lipponen, Eurelectric

Mr Bernhard Fischer, E.ON

Concluding remarks and the way forward

Mr Dominique Ristori, Deputy Director General, European Commission

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