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EURAD - D10.10 Analysis and description of groups of different actors

The deliverable D10.10 is an outcome from Subtask 4.1 of the EURAD UMAN WP. It presents the results of the analysis aimed at identifying the different categories of actors involved in each phase of a disposal programme as well as their roles and interests in respect to safety case-related activities. This deliverable is based on the 1st UMAN questionnaire and will serve as input to Subtasks 4.2 and 4.3 as well as Task 5 of the UMAN WP.
To collect information about the different actor categories and their involvement in a RWM programme, 1st UMAN questionnaire was distributed among the organisations participating in the UMAN and ROUTES WPs of EURAD. The questionnaire consisted of 5 parts, of which Part 2 ´Identification, characteristics and roles of actors involved in radioactive waste management programmes´ has been analysed in this deliverable. In total, 10 WMOs, 7 TSOs, 6 REs and 1 TCC from 17 countries at different phases of their disposal programmes, including Small Inventory Member States, responded to Part 2 of the questionnaire.
The actors´ categories introduced in this deliverable are based on the answers of the responding organisations and can be understood as a first effort towards a characterisation of the complex system of the stakeholders involved in RWM programmes with very different specialisations, roles and dependencies. Two main actor groups are distinguished: (i) the ´contributing actors´ (Waste Management Organisations, Technical Support Organisations, Research Entities and one Technical Consulting Company), represented by the organisations involved in EURAD, which responded to the 1st UMAN questionnaire, (ii) the ´other actors´ identified by the ´contributing actors´ (Waste Generators, Waste Owners, Regulators, Governments / Legislators, Ministries, Municipalities, State Authorities, Civil Society, Environmental Actors, NGOs, Geological Surveys, Technical Surveys, Operating Companies, Technical Consulting Companies and Miscellaneous Actors).
A strict distinction of the responsibilities of these individual actors was in some cases challenging due to the fact that the roles are often intertwined in case of older RWM programmes and facilities or not clearly specified in case of RWM programmes at early stage of implementation. The functions played by the individual actors in a RWM programme, with the focus on safety case-related activities, are determined solely for the contributing actors, for which a self-assessment of their responsibilities and
functions was available.
The results of the analysis clearly show that the types of the identified actors and their functions in different phases of a RWM programme depend strongly on the following factors: (i) the current phase of the national RWM programme, (ii) the applied approaches and strategies, (iii) the national legislative, regulatory and organisational framework (‘national framework’) for spent fuel and radioactive waste management, (iv) political and administrative systems and finally (v) the stage of adaptation of older
RWM programmes to the obligatory international standards.

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