Forum for the Future of Nuclear Energy

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The forum describes itself as an informal body whose aim is to “provide MEPs and civil servants with a platform for an open and objective discussion on nuclear energy”.[1]

It was set up and chaired by Terry Wynn, a British MEP, until he retired in 2006.[2]

The forum is now chaired by Edit Herczog MEP, a Hungarian Socialist.[3]

Piia-Noora Kauppi MEP, Chairwoman of the Finnish delegation of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats also appears to have been involved in running the forum in 2006. [4]

A 'front' for FORATOM

According to Corporate Europe Observatory "in practice, the agenda is determined by FORATOM, whose members are usually speakers at the Forum’s events. FORATOM’s Guy Parker explains: 'FORATOM suggests potential topics of discussion and speakers to Mrs Herczog.'"

Herczog has described her chairmanship as “totally honorary and in fact more a question of practicality, since someone has to send out the invitations and chair the meetings.”[5]


The forum does not publish a list of members, but they include:


In April 2009, Dominique Hittner, Chairman of AREVA's European High Temperature Reactor Technology Network was the gueat speaker. Roger Helmer MEP, who attended, writes: "They were talking about relatively small, modular reactors designed to supply waste heat to other industrial processes. The reactors can be teamed up with plants making cement, or chemicals, or other processes requiring large heat inputs (while also, of course, producing large and consistent quantities of electricity, which can be used on-site or sold to the grid)."[7]

In September 2007, Bertrand Castanet, Areva's Head of Strategic Planning spoke about "potential bottlenecks in nuclear energy development", John Lanzoni, Vice President of Westinghouse talked about the "supply chain for new nuclear reactors" and Jean Llewellyn, Project Director of the UK's National Nuclear Skills Academy talked about about training and education.[9]

In 2006, Martin Luthander from Vattenfall spoke on 'Nuclear Power in Sweden – Prospects for the Future'.[10]

Safe, cost-effective and reliable

In November 2004, Wynn told a conference entitled 'Winning the Debate on Nuclear Power' that he had formed the group. He said Bruno Comby of 'Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy' and James Lovelock had addressed its first meeting. He added:

"We have a task of getting the message across to a sceptical public that nuclear power cannot be ignored. The message to the nuclear industry is that you must have confidence to challenge misinformation that your opponents put out to the media. With 438 reactors worldwide and a further 38 under construction, this is not a dying industry. Challenge the Greens, the media, the doubters in language they can understand – the ‘let’s switch off for 24 hours’ language. Language that says:
  • Nuclear power is safe;
  • It is not a threat to human health;
  • It is needed for a better environment;
  • It helps combat CO2 emissions to the atmosphere;
  • Nuclear waste can be rendered harmless;
  • Nuclear power is cost effective;
  • Nuclear power is essential for our needs, now and in the future". [11]


  1. European Agenda, "Forum for the Future of Nuclear Energy: Finnish Energy Priorities", September 28, 2006.
  2. Terry Wynn's website, undated, accessed 3 November 2012
  3. European Commission, Conference programme: Mobilising SMEs for the Future of Europe, European Commission website, 24 May 2011.
  4. Nuclear Power in Sweden – Prospects for the Future, 19 January 2006.
  5. Corporate Europe Observatory, Nuclear Power Grab? Corporate Lobbyists and MEPs Working in Tandem to Spin Nuclear Energy as Sustainable, December, 2006.
  6. About me, Dr Romana Jordan Cizelj's website, undated, accessed 3 November 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Roger Helmer, Straight Talking, May 2009.
  8. Speakers, European Energy Development conference, 2010
  9. Forum for the Future of Nuclear Energy meeting, 27 September 2007.
  10. Nuclear Power in Sweden – Prospects for the Future, 19 January 2006.
  11. Terry Wynn, "Winning The Political Debate On Nuclear Power", ENA Conference, November 25, 2004.