Today the Committee held a one day conference about “The view of European civil society on nuclear energy.” At a time when many around the world are speaking of a nuclear renaissance, it seemed vital to take a look at how European social and economic actors view their nuclear industry and the opportunities and the risks involved in this type of energy production, not to mention their expectations regarding their involvement in the decisions leading to the construction and management of nuclear plants.
European civil society plays an increasingly important role in devising and implementing nuclear energy policies. The Committee’s conference aimed to stimulate dialogue on the key issues surrounding the future development of nuclear energy in the EU. Four roundtables considered: civil society perceptions of the economic and social impacts of nuclear energy; civil society expectations in terms of transparency over nuclear energy; Civil society involvement in decision-making over nuclear energy; and the role of the civil society in the implementation of the Aarhus convention. It was very well-attended and encouraged some animated policy discussions as well as some more technical exchanges. You can read more about the conference