The European council has outlined in its decision 2006/976/EURATOM that the emphasis in the Euratom research should be Implementation-oriented R&D activities on all remaining key aspects of deep geological disposal of spent fuel and long-lived radioactive waste. As appropriate, demonstration on the technologies and safety, and to underpin the development of a common European view on the main issues related to the management and disposal of waste are emphasised.
The instrument of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) have been introduced by EC to:
During 2006-2007 the waste management organisations and other bodies concerned with implementation of deep geological disposal carried out, with the financial support of the European Commission, a feasibility study called Co-ordination Action on Research, Development and Demonstration Priorities and Strategies for Geological Disposal (CARD) on establishing a technology platform for final disposal in deep geological formations. Based on the discussion following the results of the CARD-project, the waste management organisations of Sweden, SKB and of Finland Posiva Oy, accepted to take the lead in the activities to prepare for implementing of such a technology platform.
The waste management organisations share the opinion that it is time to proceed to licence the construction and operation of deep geological repositories for spent fuel, high-level waste, and other long-lived radioactive waste. They also agree that the technology platform is the appropriate tool to facilitate the implementation process. The Vision Report has been prepared by an Interim Executive Group (IEG) with members from SKB (Sweden), Posiva (Finland), Andra (France) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi, Germany). Active support in the preparations, and endorsement of the Vision Report, has also been received from ONDRAF (Belgium), Enresa (Spain), Nagra (Switzerland) and from NDA (United Kingdom).