The European Commission has launched the E-Track project in order to enhance public participation in energy issues.
The ‘Energy – Transparency Centre of Knowledge’ (E-TRACK) is a joint initiative agreed between the Directorate General for Energy (DG ENER) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission for the promotion of public participation in the implementation of energy policies. It results from the recognition of the need to offer a reliable source of information on matters relating to energy policy implementation.
The objective of E-TRACK is to become a central point of reference for monitoring, disseminating and sharing information on good practices of public participation in energy policy implementation across the EU. E-TRACK will conduct several projects on transparency and public participation in multiple energy sources. Each project will relate to a network of actors from civil society, national and subnational authorities, pertinent international organizations, regulatory or supervisory bodies, and industrial and commercial interests.
E-TrackPublic participation in radioactive waste management (RWM) constitutes the first project of the Energy – Transparency Centre of Knowledge (E-TRACK). Given the legally binding requirements for transparency of the Council Directive 2011/70/EURATOM on spent fuel and radioactive waste, the European Commission considers it useful to provide steady and continuous support in the very near future.