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Working Group Transparency

As a follow-up action of the inaugural conference of the European Nuclear Energy Forum in Bratislava on 26-27 November 2007, the Working Group "Transparency" has been established.

Since April 2011, the Working Group is chaired by Mr Richard Adams, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee.

At present this working group concentrates on:

  • Challenges and gaps still existing in the area of nuclear crisis communication
  • Public dialogue – Nuclear Power in the context of Foundation Principles for Energy Production and use
  • Contribution to the establishment of "Energy Transparency Centre of Knowledge" (E-Track) at the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy Technology

The work is mainly performed in two dedicated Task Groups: Task Group "Crisis Communication" (TG CC) and Task Group "Foundation Principles for Energy Production and use" (TG FPEP).


Task Group "Crisis Communication" (TG CC)

Since the Fukushima accident much work has been performed by the IAEA, OECD-NEA and National Regulation Organisations (NROs) to further enhance crisis management and emergency response measures. This also holds true of the European Union.

The objective of the Task Group is to identify potential gaps and improvement opportunities in the practical implementation of recommendations on crisis communications relating to nuclear and radiological emergencies. This will take place with the help of interviews with stakeholders in several EU Member States and a Hearing on 12 February 2014, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) jointly with the European Commission and European Nuclear Energy Forum.

The results of the work and possible recommendations will be presented at the 2014 ENEF Plenary Meeting in Bratislava.


Task Group "Foundation Principles for Energy Production and use" (TG FPEP)

The rapidly increasing global demand for energy has highlighted numerous problematic social, economic and technical questions. Recognising the importance of foundation principles in framing the policy discussion on energy the Commission requested an Opinion on this subject from the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies. This Opinion, adopted in January 2013, proposes an integrated ethics framework with specific recommendations to address the questions raised in the production, use, storage and distribution of energy.

At the ENEF plenary session of 2013 in Prague the ENEF WG Transparency proposed the development of a structured response to the EGE report which would help citizens elaborate their perspective on energy as a whole and nuclear energy in particular. Such a response would seek to identify the concrete role that values-based insights might play in establishing a globally-valid, stable, sustainable and agreed framework for European energy production and use.

To this end, the Task Group was created to elaborate a document identifying:

  1. Foundation Principles which can be applied to the total energy system of the EU, with particular reference to nuclear energy.
  2. How such Principles can be introduced into and enhance public debate
  3. The practical benefits to energy policy of such an approach

The work is planned to be presented at the 2014 ENEF Plenary Meeting in Bratislava and possibly also other energy forums.

Next meeting:  

Publication issued in the Plenary meeting, Prague 2011:

Good Practices Guide on Transparency for nuclear projects in the EU pdf - 568 KB [568 KB]