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7th meeting, 14 & 15 May 2012, Bratislava

The seventh plenary meeting of the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) took place in Bratislava on 14 and 15 May 2012 and was hosted by the Slovak government. 270 high-ranking participants discussed the need for a new nuclear safety architecture in Europe, the society's expectations in terms of information and involvement, and the perspectives for nuclear energy in the EU in the medium to longer term, including generation IV reactors.

The Forum was opened by the Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, his Czech counterpart Petr Nečas, and EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, in the presence of Ministers, Members of Parliament, industry leaders as well as regulators and representatives of the civil society.

In the context of the comprehensive reassessment of the safety of nuclear reactors and the Energy Roadmap 2050, the Forum underlined that nuclear can meaningfully contribute to the long term energy supply in Europe if the highest standards of safety are met. 

 

Programme pdf - 104 KB [104 KB]

Attendance list pdf - 345 KB [345 KB]

Conclusions pdf - 105 KB [105 KB]

Monday, 14 May 2012

Opening session

- Mr Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic

- Mr Peter Nečas, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

- Mr Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy (Speech at the opening session pdf - 74 KB [74 KB] )

- Mr Miloslav Ransdorf, Member of the European Parliament

- Mr Stéphane Buffetaut, President of the TEN Section of the European Economic & Social Committee (Speech at the opening session pdf - 20 KB [20 KB] )

 In the presence of

- Mr Tomáš Malatinský, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic

- Mr Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry & Trade of the Czech Republic

 

Chair for the 3 panels: Mr Peter Faross, Acting Deputy Director General, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy 

 

Theme 1: A new safety architecture for nuclear in Europe?

Presentation of the Working Group Risks activities by the Working Group Chairman, Mr Walter Hohlefelder, E.ON pdf - 371 KB [371 KB]

 

Panel discussion moderated by Mr Walter Hohlefelder:

• What have we learned from the Fukushima event and from the stress tests up to now?

• Do we need EU-wide basic principles and requirements for siting, construction and operation of nuclear installations?

• Should the existing Euratom nuclear safety legislative framework be strengthened?

• Should the independence of national regulators be reinforced?

• Do we need better cross-border cooperation for managing accidents and their consequences?

Keynote speach:

'One year after Fukushima: Lessons for a strengthened Global Nuclear safety and Security Framework', Mr Denis Flory, Deputy Director General, IAEA pdf - 4 MB [4 MB]

 

Panellists:

- Mr Philippe Jamet, Chairman Peer Review Board, European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group 

- Mr Philippe Knoche, COO, Areva 

  

- Mr Tomáš Žák, Director, Dukovany NPP, ČEZ

- Mr Brian Curtis, Member of EESC

  

Dinner (at the Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel)

Speakers:

- Mr Dušan Petrík, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

- Mr Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

- Mr Paolo Ruzzini, General Director, Slovenské Elektrárne a. s.

   

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 

Theme 2: The outlook for nuclear in Europe - Roadmap 2050

Presentation of Working Group Opportunities activities by the Working Group Chairman, Mr Jean-Pol Poncelet, Foratom pdf - 345 KB [345 KB]

 

Panel discussion moderated by Mr Jean-Pol Poncelet:

• Decarbonising the power sector: Can Europe deliver?

• Which mix of low carbon technologies for electricity generation - including considerations related to grids and storage?

• How to keep electicity affordable for consumers?

• Do we need Gen IV and related research?

• Which market structure? Who will finance investments?

Panellists:

- Mrs Hanna Trojanowska, Deputy Minister of Economy and Plenipotentiary for Nuclear Energy, Poland

- Mr Juhani Hyvärinen, Chief Nuclear Officer, Fennovoima

  

- Mr Hervé Bernard, Deputy Chgairman, CEA

- Mr Giuseppe Lorubio, Adviser, Eurelectric

  

Theme 3: How realistic is public assurance in nuclear?

Presentation of Working Group Transparency activities by the Working Group Chairman, Mr Richard Adams, EESC  pdf - 361 KB [361 KB]

 

Panel discussion moderated by Mr Richard Adams:

• What are the lessons to be learned of Fukushima for transparency and public involvement?

• Has the public been heard and involved in the stress test exercise?

• What obstacles do other low-carbon sources face and how can those sectors learn from each other?

Panellists:

- Mr Andreas Molin, Chairman of the ENSREG Transparency WG

- Mr François Rollinger, IRSN

  

- Mrs Anne MacLachlan, Platts

- Mr Malcolm Grimston, Chatham House

  

Concluding remarks and the way forward

Speakers:

- Mr Dušan Petrík, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

- Mr Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

- Mr Peter Faross, Acting Deputy Director-General, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy

 

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