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1 Strasbourg, 29 February 2008 AP/CAT (2008) 9rev Or. E EUROPEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN MAJOR HAZARDS AGREEMENT (EUR-OPA) International Workshop PUBLIC AUTHORITIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY TOGETHER FOR A SAFE EUROPEAN NUCLEAR FUTURE Learning from the Chernobyl legacy to make European nuclear energy safer: the role of local communities, authorities and central governments in emergency preparedness and management Kiev, September 22-23, 2008 SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

2 2 SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT The Chernobyl disaster stands as a testimony that a nuclear accident has no respect for local, national or international boundaries. Nuclear safety cannot be confined to a single country s political and administrative boundaries. It demands effective neighbourhood solidarity and transfrontier co-operation to ensure that each area concerned, irrespective of the country to which it is attached, is ready to respond. In this respect, it is important that authorities having already experienced accidents or which are under their threat, strengthen the safety of the population by exchanging their experiences. The central government, local and regional authorities and mass media are key actors during emergency management. For better protection of the population from radiological risk and to develop common understanding and readiness to respond, the international workshop Public authorities and civil society together for a safe European nuclear future : learning from the Chernobyl legacy to make European nuclear energy safer: the role of local communities, authorities and central governments in emergency preparedness and management will be organised in Kiev, Ukraine September, The main aim of the Workshop is thus to foster amongst populations, living in the areas that might be affected by an accident at a Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), better emergency preparedness and response. This will be done by spreading the best European practices on emergency planning, co-operation between state and local authorities and NPP operators, early warning procedures, iodine prophylaxis and other protective actions. The following topics will be discussed at the workshop: 1. International guidelines and national regulations on co-operation between central government, local and regional authorities and NPP managers; 2. National emergency plans and the role of territorial authorities and communities; 3. Community and territorial authorities awareness about radiological risk and national interventions in case of accident (monitoring procedures, early warning, countermeasures implementation, ); 4. NPPs and territorial authorities joint actions in favour of communities (exercises, training, voluntary emergency teams, ); 5. Interaction between authorities, mass media and the general public ; 6. National regulations and community role in post accident rehabilitation; 7. Transboundary co-operation for early warning and standardization of procedures on contamination, forecasting and monitoring; 8 International cooperation in preparedness and response to radiation emergencies. Case studies on transfrontier co-operation in the NPP areas will also be discussed.

3 3 To enrich the discussion and identify concrete proposals, decision makers, civil society and mass media representatives, as well as nuclear and radiology experts, are invited to participate in the Workshop. The main expected output of the Workshop is to promote a network of local actors from settlements near NPPs to better co-operate in people s protection against radiological hazard, exchanging best practices on public awareness on radiation risk, emergency preparedness, and co-operation with NPP authority. The international organizations and central authority institutions will provide the support for effective network operation, training courses organisation and information dispatch.

4 4 PROVISIONAL AGENDA September 22, :30-9 :00 Participants Registration 9 :00-9 :15 Opening of the Workshop. Eladio FERNANDEZ-GALIANO, Executive Secretary, European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement, Council of Europe 9 :15-9 :30 Welcome speech from Ukraine. Sergey Parashin, National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine 9 :30-9 :45 Welcome speech from UN. Francis M. O'Donnell, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations/ UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine 9 :45-10 :00 Welcome speech from a representative of the Council of Europe s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 10 :00-11 :00 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION I: WHAT IS THE LEGAL BASIS FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS ON RADIOLOGICAL RISK? Issues: legislation, international and national regulation and guidance, emergency planning, post accident rehabilitation, role of local authorities and the community IAEA role in Nuclear or Radiological Emergency Management. W.Stern, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chernobyl Lessons, Uniform State System of Civil Protection, Volodimir Kholosha, Ministry of Ukraine on Emergency Management 11 :00-11 :30 Coffee break Expected participants: international organizations, national,regional and representatives 11 :30-13 :00 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION II: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXPERIENCE, PUBLIC AWARENESS AND PROTECTION AGAINST RADIOLOGICAL HAZARDS Issues: NPPs, local authorities and community practice of co-operation; early warning systems, procedures of radiation monitoring, iodine prophylaxis, emergency medicine service, exercises, training, voluntary emergency teams; Chernobyl experience Iodine prophylaxis in the case of nuclear emergency in Luxemburg, Michel Feider, Luxemburg Civil Defense Nuclear technology and education: the French experience, Jean- Marie Schleret, National Observatory for Safety in Schools and Universities

5 5 13 :00-14 :30 Lunch break Expected participants: international organizations, national, regional and representatives, school teachers, medical doctors. 14 :30-16:00 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION III: EXPERIENCES ON PUBLIC INFORMATION FOSTERING TRUST Issues: co-operation with mass media, booklets on radiological hazard, daily and emergency information, independent information sources, information about iodine prophylaxis Addressing human security issues through local information provision and community development. Experience in Ukraine; P.Zamostyan, UNDP Chernobyl recovery and development programme. Informing population on radiological risk : the Armenian case; S. Badalyan, ECTR (EUR-OPA Centre in Armenia) Public Information on Emergency Matters in Spain. José Manuel Martín Calvarro and Agustina Sterling, Nuclear Safety Council Expected participants: international organizations, national regional and representatives, journalists of local newspapers 16 :00-16:30 Coffee break 16 :30-18:00 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION IV: EXPERIENCES OF TRANSFRONTIER CO-OPERATION Issues: emergency preparedness, early warning, procedures of monitoring, cooperation with mass media Some experience on transfrontier co-operation - Belgium, France, Netherlands, Monique Bernaerts, Director of Emergency Planning, Coordination and Crisis Centre of the Belgian government Expected participants: international organizations, national, regional and representatives, communities representatives of areas that might be affected by an accident at a Nuclear Power Plant due to transboundary effects (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Luxemburg ) 19 :00-22 :30 Official Party

6 6 September 23, :00-11 :00 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION V: TOWARDS A EUROPEAN INITIATIVE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY TOGETHER FOR A SAFE EUROPEAN NUCLEAR FUTURE Issues: The tools to better co-operate towards people s protection against radiological hazard, exchanging best practices on public awareness on radiation risk, emergency preparedness, and co-operation with NPP authority. Goals and possible actions of the Initiative Victor Poyarkov, The European Centre of Technological Safety UNDP, EC, The Congress Expected participants: international organizations, national and regional authorities and communities representatives, Mayors of the cities, NPP authority representatives 11 :00-11 :20 Closing of the Workshop Eladio FERNANDEZ-GALIANO, Executive Secretary, European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement, Council of Europe Organisers European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe (EUR-OPA), in partnership with: o International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), o United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), o Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (The Congress), o Ukrainian authorities o EUR-OPA Network of Specialised Centres o Other international and national institutions. Workshop secretariat The European Centre of Technological Safety, (TESEC), Kiev, Ukraine Mr. Victor POYARKOV, Executive Director Tel ( ) , WEB site:

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