In accordance with the IAEA Milestone methodology an indispensable prerequisite for newcomer countries is to develop the legislative and regulatory framework as the issues of national nuclear infrastructure. This process implies stakeholder involvement, in particular, the representatives of the legislative bodies such as parliamentarians that could affect public acceptance of nuclear power especially in newcomer countries introducing nuclear power for the first time in their history. Stakeholders including, parliamentarians involved in the development of national nuclear power programmes are to be provided with ad hoc analytical information and instruments for shaping the positive image of nuclear power as a sustainable development option.
This activity was initiated by State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” through ROSATOM-CICET&T by organizing the practical Workshop on “Russian Nuclear Power Technologies, Advantages, Safety and Global Expansion” on February 20-21, 2017.
The Workshop programme included both scientific and technical basis for global expansion (with an emphasis on the history of nuclear and reactor physics, the basic steps for creating and commercializing Russian nuclear technology and the presentation of their advantages), as well as the philosophical component of the global development of science and technology.
Comments of the participants:
“The third of 20 nuclear cities in Russian Federation is in the Urals, where I am from. I consider important to obtain in-depth knowledge on the nuclear industry. Processes such as the uranium mining and enrichment, electricity generation allow us to understand what constitutes the cost of electricity, to understand the prospects for the industry in terms of the development and electricity supply. Separately such factor as safety being of the primary importance was discussed during the Workshop.
Within the Workshop comprehensive knowledge, which formed the idea of the production, financial, marketing mechanisms of operation of the nuclear industry and the prospects in terms of economy was received. In our legislative work is important to have a complete understanding of why the industry experts use certain wording in the formation of the legal base ”- said Mr Andrey Vetluzhskykh, State Duma Deputy, The member of the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship.
‘Thanks to the Workshop I got a system view of the nuclear industry and the history of nuclear science development. As a deputy elected from Moscow Area, I regularly hold meetings with management and personnel of enterprises, located in the Moscow region. This region has a great potential in the field of nuclear industry. Here are concentrated such enterprises as PJSC MSZ in Eleсtrostal and quite a large agglomeration in Podolsk. Consequently, for me it is very important to have a substantive understanding of the processes that are currently occurring in nuclear technology development.
Let me also remind you that recently it has been decided to establish an expert board on the nuclear industry under our Сommittee, co-chair of which I am. In this regard such events are very important. Indeed, we, the legislators, should always understand how the legal registration of a particular initiative will affect the industry and what thereupon the risks are.
I am honored to be the coordinator of the special technical group for cooperation with the parliaments of the countries in South-East Asia as Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand. I think that the interest in global expansion of nuclear industry will be in the core of our activities” – shared Mr Denis Kravchenko, State Duma Deputy, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship.
“Carrying out the workshop for government officials of the Russian Federation is a great honor for ROSATOM-CICE&T. Clear understanding on the side of Russian parliamentarians about nuclear industry could become an advantage in discussing the problems of nuclear power with other stakeholders inside Russia and with the parliamentarians of other countries. We trust that through the mechanism of inter-parliamentary cooperation this could assist newcomer countries in the development of a national nuclear infrastructure, one of the issues of which, according to the IAEA Milestone Approach, is the legislation” – said Prof Vladimir Artisiuk, Vice-rector for international cooperation, ROSATOM – CICET&T.