ENA: a high-level summit
The European Nuclear Assembly that took
place in Brussels on 25 &26 November 2004 was a great
success. Attendance at this inaugural biannual event, which
is organised by FORATOM, was impressive. 219 high-level
delegates, of whom 25% were from the European institutions,
took part in the Plenary Sessions and Parallel Workshops.
More than 20 journalists from the specialised press,
national dailies and news wires attending sessions and took part
in the press conference, which was chaired by Gert Maichel, CEO
of RWE and ENA Conference President. Some journalists moderated
sessions and sat on panel discussions. Subsequent press coverage
was widespread (for articles
concerning ENA, contact Mark O'Donovan, Manager, PR and Media
Relations at FORATOM at: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The main theme of ENA - a summit for senior
industry representatives, high-ranking officials from the European
institutions, MEPs and lobbyists - was "Nuclear:
An essential option for Europe." The conference
agenda centred on key topics, including the economic and environmental
dimensions of nuclear energy and the importance of a pan-European
approach to safety.
Among the highlights were
presentations given by Terry Wynn, an MEP from Cumbria (UK)
who spoke passionately about the state of the industry in
the UK and the need to keep nuclear at the top of the political
debate in Europe; Anne Lauvergeon, Chairman of the Executive
Board of Areva, who highlighted the current situation and
future role of the nuclear industry in France and Bruno
Lescoeur, Group Executive Vice President of EDF, who explained
why EDF has invested so heavily in the EPR project.
The main outcome of ENA was the publishing of
a "Declaration on Europe's future
use of nuclear energy for power generation,"
) which was signed by the leaders of Europe's major power-generating
companies. Essentially, the Declaration reiterated how nuclear
energy is the largest and most secure and dependable supplier
of electricity, is economically viable when compared with the
price of gas and contributes to environmental integrity by providing
a non-CO2 emitting source of electricity. The Declaration
also underlines the European nuclear industry's shared conviction,
solidarity and optimism about the future.
Day one concluded with a gala dinner, during
which a guest speaker, Dr. Akira Omoto, of the IAEA, spoke about
the current status and future prospects for the industry and gave
an overview of the Agency's
activities. For more information, including downloadable copies
of most of the speakers' presentations, visit the ENA website
The next ENA will take place on 11&12 April 2006.