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Specific challenge: Interaction between regulatory authorities, their TSO and national radioactive waste management organisations is essential in the context of the licensing process of underground repositories. These interactions are aimed at developing a common understanding on reviews of license applications. They also are aimed at identifying and developing the necessary scientific competence for actors in this field to fulfil their respective roles.

Scope: While recognising independence and distinct responsibilities of the various actors above mentioned, their interactions should be further deepened for the identification of research priorities. This action would include exchange on criteria and guidance on the review of licence application and the interpretation of standards. Due account should be taken of existing and planned initiatives at international level. Outreach activities of main findings should also be part of the activity.

Expected impact: This action will lead to exchange of regulatory review methods and competence in regulatory functions, thereby easing and accelerating the licensing process. This work will also help consolidating the knowledge base and stimulate its sharing amongst all stakeholders including the public at large, which is central to the implementing of solutions for the long-term safety of geological repositories.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions.

Additional information: The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the Euratom of between EUR 0.8 and 1.2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

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