Nuclear Transparency Watch (NTW)

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The European Network Nuclear Transparency Watch has been launched in 2013 after a call from Members of the European Parliament from different political parties for “a watch about nuclear transparency”, following the disaster of Fukushima. On November 7th, 2013, the organization Nuclear Transparency Watch in France (association loi 1901) was created with the election of a management board and of the Chair Michèle Rivasi, Member of the European Parliament (The Greens/EFA).

The position is currently hold by Nadja Zeleznik, Slovenian technical expert at the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute (EIMV) and President of the working group on Emergency Preparedness and Response to nuclear accidents (EP&R).

NTW offers counter-expertise essential for safety issues as well as for the protection of the environment. It deals with all the activities of the nuclear cycle: outsourcing, plant lifetime extension, nuclear emergency preparedness and response, safety costs, nuclear waste management. For NTW also aims to ask for the respect of the Aarhus convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in nuclear matters.

NTW seeks to allow civil society to act collectively at European level, to be supported in the various national contexts, in order to reinforce transparency on nuclear safety for a better protection of people and environment.

NTW’s activities are also based on the Espoo Convention that sets out the obligations of Parties to assess the environmental impact of certain activities at an early stage of planning.

In February 2018, NTW has 48 membres of 24 member organizations, 14 experts, 6 MEP and/or elected local representatives. These members represent 17 countries of the European Union and 3 from outside (Russia, Ukraine, Turkey). The number of members has doubled since 2013 with a pick in 2017 showing the growing attractiveness of the network.

Objectives

The European network Nuclear Transparency Watch has been created in order to:

  • raise awareness among policy makers and European society about transparency in nuclear issues;

  • develop a counter-expertise on nuclear safety at the local, national and European level;

  • bring support to civil society initiatives and organisations in Member States.

The aim is to prevent and anticipate to reduce the probability of a major accident in Europe.

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • media actions: pamphlet, opinion paper, campaign
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies

Thematic areas

  • environment
  • responsibility
  • information
  • governance