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Until recently there has been little public discussion of technological issues and industrial production. Only the positive aspects of science and technology tended to be perceived. Gradually the awareness of their risks and potentially dangerous effects has been increasing, resulting in a number of public attitudes and behaviours, more or less congruent. The key factor is that, also due to the mass media's extended coverage of environmental issues, a growing number of individuals and groups claim the right to participate in decisions and to defend their viewpoints and interests. Extended participation is recognised and promoted by a number of Community Directives on environment and technological risk. In particular, the Seveso Directive (82/501/EEC and following amendments) foresees an extended communication network among different social actors, apt to prevent the negative consequences of possible accidents. The paper reviews social public information campaigns performed in different EEC countries. It highlights their goals and strategies and stresses the importance of building sound social relations among all the stakeholders, besides providing correct information.

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Authors: DE MARCHI B, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: I Rapporti di Sicurezza nella CEE, Milano (IT), Sept. 18-19, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 36360 ORA
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