Gabriele Mraz, December 2019
In the Joint Project, European NGOs and research institutions cooperate since 2003 on safe and sustainable energy issues with a focus on nuclear policies in Central and Eastern Europe. One of our topics is nuclear waste – an unsolved and dangerous problem which will stay with us for a minimum of one million years. For more information see http://www.joint-project.org/.
In 2011 the “Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom establishing a Community framework for the responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste” introduced an EU-wide regulation to solve the nuclear waste problem. Since the very first steps, the Joint Project is keeping a close watch on the implementation of this Nuclear Waste Directive. We continuously monitor the implementation on national and EU level and participate in Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA). We also organized events for the interested public and a discussion with European Commission representatives.
In our regularly updated assessment report (LINK) we inform not only on the status of implementation of the Nuclear Waste Directive, but also on problems with transparency, on limits of public participation and on many other problems that became obvious during the first years of implementation.