Pascale KÜNZI, Switzerland
Sigrid EECKHOUT, Belgium|
Jo-Ann FACELLA, Canada
Lucie STEINEROVA, Czech Republic
Nuria PRIETO SERRANO, Spain
David BRAZIER, United Kingdom
|Member(s):||All NEA member countries|
Under the NEA Statute
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)|
|Date of creation:||01 August 2000|
|End of mandate:||31 December 2019|
Mandate (Document reference):
Mandate (Document extract):
Extract from document NEA/RWM/FSC(2016)3
Because of changes in society’s decision-making environment and heightened public sensitivity to all matters connected with environmental protection, nuclear power, radioactivity, and especially radioactive waste, any decision regarding whether, when and how to implement waste management solutions will typically require thorough public examination and the involvement of many relevant stakeholders. The latter include waste management agencies, safety authorities, local communities, elected representatives, and technical intermediaries between the general public and decision makers. The involvement of stakeholders will become increasingly important as countries develop their strategic choices for long-term radioactive waste management, and/or move towards siting and developing final repositories. Since the decision-making process and avenues for stakeholders’ involvement differ from country to country, it is important to identify similarities and differences, understand the key concerns of various stakeholders, and develop means to interact effectively with the different audiences.
Description and membership
The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) is the RWMC main support group to keep under review the world-wide experience of its participating organisations in outreach programmes and to identify and examine stakeholder confidence issues. The FSC is a discipline-oriented working party of the RWMC and is composed of representatives of national organisations with responsibility, overview and experience in the field of building stakeholders’ confidence. Participation of RWMC members in the FSC is considered a good means to enhance the coordination of the work of the FSC with that of the RWMC and other working parties.
Mode of operation
The FSC shall establish: (i) a highly task-oriented working programme to identify resources and schedules for the issues at hand; (ii) expert groups and/or task groups and workshops can be envisaged, as appropriate; (iii) means to review the working programme and the effectiveness of the FSC.
Communication within the group takes place through at least a yearly plenary meeting. The plenary meeting will be devoted to:
Duration of the mandate
The FSC was set into force at the 33rd session of the RWMC on 9-10 March 2000. Its mandate was extended in March 2003 until the first session of RWMC in 2005. Extension was then accorded for an additional three years extendible to five; this option was put into effect until 31 December 2010. Further extension was accorded until 31 December 2016 by NEA/RWM(2013)2/PROV.
By the current document, this mandate was further extended until 31 December 2019 by the RWMC during its 49th session on 12-13 April 2016.