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The point of departure for the ARGONA project is that participation and transparency are key elements of effective risk governance. The project therefore intends to demonstrate how participation and transparency can be implemented in radioactive waste management (RWM) programmes. The project consists of a series of work packages that starts with an analysis of the policy-making structures that exist within the EU and in the participating countries, including EU directives as well as national nuclear safety and environmental legislation.
The acronym ARGONA stands for "Arenas for Risk Governance" and the project specifically addresses the three arenas of transparency (as provided by the RISCOM model), deliberation (which draws on a notion of procedural legitimacy), and representative democracy. It investigates how the approaches of transparency and deliberation relate to each other and also how they relate to the political system in which decisions, for example on the final disposal of nuclear waste, are ultimately taken. The project then turns to study the role played by mediators, who facilitate public engagement with nuclear waste management issues, and the conduct of the conduct of public consultations. By the latter is meant the communication of models used for deliberation and transparency. Furthermore, the project investigates how good risk communication can be organised taking cultural aspects and different arenas into account.
In a central part of the project major efforts are made to test and apply approaches to transparency and participation by making explicit what it would mean to use the RISCOM model and other approaches within different cultural and organisational settings. Finally, the ARGONA partners develop guidelines for the application of novel approaches that will enhance real progress in RWM programmes.

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