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Nuclear energy provides more than one third of the electricity generated in the European Union. It makes a significant contribution to a diversified energy supply. The safe and long term management of the radioactive waste is by many, not least the general public, seen as the "Achilles heel" of nuclear power, and a major impediment to future use of nuclear energy. The European Commission (EC) has since the seventies been strongly involved in co-operation activities in the field. Co-operation takes place at EC-level by way of two different mechanisms, the Community Plan of Action in the field of radioactive waste and the EURATOM framework programme on research and training. In addition radioactive waste management is also an important aspect of the Phare, Tacis and other support programmes in the Central and Eastern European Countries and the States of the Former Soviet Union.

The International Conference EURADWASTE'99 on the "Radioactive Waste Management Strategies and Issues" was held in Luxembourg from 15 to 18 November 1999.

This event was the fifth in a series of conferences organized the European Commission (EC) originally to present the results of research projects funded within successive five-year EURATOM research programmes in the fields of Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal, Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T) and Decommissioning. The conference was attended by some 280 participants from 22 countries.

The purpose of EURADWASTE'99 was:
- to give a comprehensive overview of all ED activities in the field of radioactive waste management, including research and development, regulatory aspects, assistance to Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) and Newly Independent States (NIS) and safeguards.
- to review the state-of-the-art in radioactive waste management strategies and issues
- to address the issues of concern to the public and decision-makers.

Three panel discussions were organized to address the following issues:
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Additional information

Authors: DAVIES C (EDITOR), European Commission, DG XII - DII/3, Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19143 EN (2000) 599 pp.
Availability: Available free of charge from Documentation Service, DG Research
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9420-7
Record Number: 200012077 / Last updated on: 2000-06-22
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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