The eighth Plenary meeting of the European Nuclear Energy Forum took place in Prague on the 30 and 31 May 2013 and was hosted by the Czech Government. 250 high-ranking participants discussed the role nuclear energy plays in the energy mix of European Union Member States in the present global competition with other main players in the word, and how this might evolve in the 2030-2050 perspective of a low carbon economy. Mitigation of risks was also discussed, in particular concrete developments related to the nuclear safety and waste management at EU level. The need for more transparent communication was highlighted with a particular emphasis on the need to develop an understanding of the global energy system effects.
The Plenary meeting was opened by the CZ Prime Minister Mr Petr Nečas, his SK counterpart Mr Robert Fico and the EU Commissioner for Energy Mr Günther Oettinger, in the presence of Ministers, Members of Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee, industry leaders, safety authorities and representatives of the civil society.
In the context of the economic crisis, the Forum underlined the importance of affordable and reliable energy, in addition to the sustainability dimension. The Commission was asked to develop a framework providing coherence for the longer term energy policy at EU level, while respecting the freedom of choice of the energy mix by the Member States. This framework, based on a global and balanced energy system approach, should help facilitate much required investments in energy infrastructures, including nuclear.
Programme [196 KB]
Attendance list [327 KB]
Conclusions [152 KB]
- Mr Petr Nečas, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
- Mr Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic
- Mr Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy (Speech [68 KB] )
- Mrs Edit Herczog, Member of the European Parliament
- Mr Stéphane Buffetaut, President of the TEN Section of the EESC
In the presence of
- Mr Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry & Trade of the Czech Republic
- Mr Tomáš Malatinský, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Panel "From Global Challenges to Nuclear Investments"
Mr Hergen Haye, Head of New Nuclear, UK DECC
Mr Pierre-Marie Abadie, Director for Energy, FR MEDDE
Panel "Confidence and Trust - Foundation of EU Energy Policy"
- Mr Peter Faross, Acting Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG ENER
- Mr Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
- Mr Dušan Petrík, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic