CIP (Community Waste Management In Practice) is a research action gathering a wide spectrum of stakeholders from five European countries, interested in how society should manage the radioactive wastes that result from nuclear power production and/or from medical, military or industrial applications.
CIP set up a process allowing each national group to identify issues important for the good governance of radioactive waste management (RWM) in their own context, and to conduct cooperative research into these issues. CIP considered not only ‘greenfield’ siting of new waste management installations, but also how stakeholders can contribute to improving all aspects of RWM, now and over the long term.
These Guidelines represent the principal messages and ideas from CIP delivered to Europe-27.
The CIP process – and these Guidelines – are meant to help prepare the way for more inclusive governance of RWM in Europe.
In the field of radioactive waste management there are many "best practice" publications. What distinguishes CIP EU-level Guidelines from other recommendations is the setting in which this guidance has been developed. In each of the five participating countries – France, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, UK – CIP provided a framework for a diversity of stakeholders to cooperate, on an equal footing, in identifying and investigating what they saw as important issues in RWM governance. This cooperative research process itself was a way to prepare more inclusive governance.