Effective Dialogue and Broad Societal Support

Stakeholder Dialogues on Radioactive Waste Management in the Czech Republic and Spain: A Review
  • Meritxell MartellEmail author
Part of the Energiepolitik und Klimaschutz. Energy Policy and Climate Protection book series (EPKS)


The aim of this chapter is to shed some light on the conversation exploring how different types of dialogue were implemented in Spain and in the Czech Republic to involve stakeholders in setting policy regarding the siting of a radioactive waste management facility. Both the Communities Waste Management Spain project (COWAM Spain) and the Working Group for Dialogue on Deep Geological Repository in the Czech Republic were the follow up of two European research projects and as such, they were useful to build a safe space for establishing a dialogue between stakeholders regarding acceptable methods and criteria for selecting a suitable site for a radioactive waste management facility. However, the extent to which the results of such dialogues have been taken up in the decision making process is dubious.

The Working Group for Dialogue was established in 2010 and ran until 2017, whereas COWAM Spain operated for a year and a half, from August 2004 until February 2006. One could argue that in neither Spain nor the Czech Republic is there a sustained commitment to dialogue in policy-making. The initiatives undertaken seem to have arisen for instrumental reasons. They hypothetically guarantee a higher degree of legitimacy to decisions made since a wider range of concerned actors influence the process instead of having decisions imposed upon them.


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  1. 1.MerienceOlèrdolaSpain

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