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Decisions on energy policies have economic implications. Within this context, the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) was established alongside the European Economic Community in 1957. The nuclear program has maintained a legally distinct nature from the European Union although it has the same membership and is governed by the EU's institutions.
25 per cent of the total energy produced in Europe has nuclear origin. That
implies the presence of this kind of facilities in a significant part of our
territory. The deployment of these facilities has followed, generally, the
American model. They had been set in rural areas, near hydraulic resources, far
away from populated or potential developing areas.
of today, the use or nuclear energy remains controversial due, in part, to security concerns and the long term management of radioactive waste.
society is engaged in a permanent round of debates in order to achieve consensus
in the processes of democratic decision making, this is being emphasized, if
possible, in the emerging model of knowledge society. Public participation and transparency are key elements, especially when these processes affect the
environment or the future of our citizens.
activities of the nuclear facilities, including the ones related to waste
disposal, have been carried upon according to the 89/618 Euratom’s directive "Information to the population on
the risks of radioactive facilities". This
directive has been applied and developed in different ways by each one of the Member States.
In Spring of 1993 municipalities located near nuclear facilities started to coordinate in order to look at, and
increase the weight of our municipalities in, the decision making processes of
the European Union that affect our territories and citizens.
efforts have led to the identification of our common main concerns:
- Information, especially to the population as a basic element for improving
their capacity to get knowledge on nuclear issues.
- The future of our municipalities after a nuclear plant shutdown. Our idea is
getting enough economical capacity for our municipalities in order to promote
some kind of alternative economical development.
- Management of radioactive waste in a safe manner, in particular, their future and their definitive
- Last but not least, we want to increase the participation of our municipalities
in the decision making process as a guarantee of respect to the principles of
- Defending and ensuring that European nuclear municipalities take
part in existing discussion forums and in decision-making processes that are being carried out in the European Union.
- Having information exchanged among its members about the nuclear
reality in every European country and about municipal experiences in
relation to territorial arrangement, economic development and civil
- Carrying out future projects with the participation of all or
part of its members in order to favour their integration in the European
- Organising annual encounters so that European municipal
authorities can gather and exchange information.
These encounters will also aim at improving the knowledge of the
elected by the majority about nuclear reality in Europe, its safety and
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welcome you to our web page and thank you for your
interest in our organization. We hope your visit here will be satisfactory.