UPCOMING EVENTS: GMF General Assembly and seminar in Borsele, Netherlands 14-15 October 2021 – SAVE THE DATE
The organisation of the GMF Assembly and Seminar is planned for 14 and 15 October 2021 in Borsele (Netherlands). The topic of this year is emergency preparedness. More information for the GMF Assembly and Seminar will follow in the next months.
Image: Borsele local authority
LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU IN BORSELE IN 14-15 OCTOBER 2021!!
MEETING WITH EUROPEAN COMMISSION
On 4th May, the steering committee had a virtual meeting with the Head of Unit of DG Energy and 3 EC project officers to discuss possibilities for collaboration in the field of emergency preparedness. Despite the fact that the main interlocutors of the EC are Member States, the EC recognised that it is important to have a dialogue with other interested parties, like local authorities to have inputs which may affect the practical arrangements regarding emergency. Conversations will continue to see ways in which we can collaborate. First action is the EC funded project described below.
GMF NEW WORKING GROUP ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: REGISTER!!
GMF has been invited to the steering committee of the EC funded project on “implementation of nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response (EP&R) requirements in EU Member States and neighbouring countries”. Mr. Gerben Dijksterhuis, mayor of Borsele, has volunteered to represent GMF at this steering committee. This project is a great opportunity for GMF members to discuss emergency preparedness and response and give feedback to the European Commission through this project. For this reason:
We invite all members to contact the GMF coordination and indicate their interest to take part in this WG, coordinated by Gerben Dijksterhuis with the support of the GMF steering committee. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before end of May to indicate your interest to be part of this group.
LET’S SHARE INFORMATION ON TOPICS OF INTEREST FOR THE LOCAL LEVEL!!
GMF secretariat has received the following requests for further information.
Please send your responses to email@example.com and we will collect this information for all interested members. We will facilitate the information we have gathered via newsletters and emails but more importantly, in face to face future meetings.
Kozloduy municipality is interested to receive information from other municipalities on how nuclear power plants in your countries fund and support the hosting municipality, whether it is through taxes and fees or budget deduction and how this is regulated. In Bulgaria, there is a legal agreement with the Bulgarian State Enterprise for Radioactive Waste SERAW through which up to 2% of the enterprise’s budget has to be invested in projects in support of the local community. The sum roughly amounts to 150,000 euros per year. How is it in your countries? We will shortly send you a survey to investigate these aspects in a systematic way.
NuLeAF is interested to receive information on “community partnership arrangements” between the nuclear industry and municipalities/local communities. These are agreements that explain how the industry and municipality/community will work together and which set out the obligations of the industry to the community. NuLeAF is interested in any such agreements, for example those developed as part of a Geological Disposal Facility siting process or in relation to a waste store or an operational or closed nuclear power station. Communities in the UK are interested in seeing examples of these to help them develop their own agreements.
More than 200 participants registered for the GMF-AMAC online seminar “nuclear power plant shutdown and decommissioning: socio-economic impacts” organised on 26 February
GMF and AMAC organised the online seminar “nuclear power plant shutdown and decommissioning: socio-economic impacts that was held on 26 February 2021. The objective was to exchange experience on the socio-economic impacts involved in the decision of closing and decommissioning a nuclear power plant. There was interpretation English – French – Spanish thanks to the support from the European Commission DG Energy. The event has shown the interest in the societal, political and economic aspects related to decommissioning and the need to continue organising this kind of exchange activities representing the situation in different countries. The online seminar was recorded and presentations and videos are available on the website at: https://gmfeurope.org/decomwebinar2021/
OTHER TOPICS OF INTEREST
Is there a topic of interest you would like to get information from for your municipality or your country?
Send an email to GMF coordination and we can facilitate the exchange of information with other municipalities in Europe facing similar situations. We can set up a working group of municipalities interested in a specific topic, organise events, invite experts, write an informative document, etc. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to involve actively in setting up a working group of your interest in GMF.