In this issue
As the tide of public opinion continues to turn,
gradually but noticeably, in favour of nuclear energy, Issue N°
7 of ENS News kicks off the New Year with a bulletin that reflects
the industry's current mood of optimism. It is also an issue full
of poignant contrasts. While its main focus is on the challenges
that lie ahead, it also takes time to reflect on the past, following
sad news of the recent death of an old friend, former President
of the Slovak Nuclear Society and champion of the nuclear cause,
So, what can we expect in 2005? Well, it promises
to be an interesting one. For example, 2005 is "Physics Year"
- an occasion that could provide us with a springboard for increasing
the visibility and credibility of the nuclear industry. 2005 will
also reveal whether the recent favourable reappraisal of nuclear
energy - and its growing acceptance among Europe's citizens -
will continue to gather momentum. By the summer, EU-25 will have
been in existence for a year and the new European Parliament will
have completed the first twelve months of its mandate. We will
be able to take stock and assess whether and how enlargement has
effected the nuclear industry. 2005 could prove to be a watershed
The ENS News section begins with a message of
best wishes for the New Year from the President. It also includes
an obituary in honour of Jiri Suchomel, written by NucNet. The
regular Listening to Others feature has been renamed
Tapping Unusual Sources, in order to better reflect the
kind of offbeat subjects it has always covered.
The ENS Events section features a look back at
the successful European Nuclear Assembly (ENA), organised by Foratom,
that took place last November, and a look forward to the main
ENS events in 2005, i.e. PIME, RRFM and ETRAP and ENC 2005 in
News from the member societies in Germany is
followed by YGN reports on their current activities and on the
Belgoprocess visit in November 2004.
The European Institutions section focuses on
the outcome of the November Energy Council, the High Flux Reactor
Seminar (that took place in Petten, in December) and the Joint
EC/EURELECTRIC/FORATOM seminar on nuclear waste, which will take
place in Brussels on 28 February.
Finally, there will be a round-up of relevant
world news, with bulletins from NucNet News and Global 2005. The
Table of Contents will help you "fast-forward" to the
topics that interest you most.
We hope you enjoy reading Issue N°7 of ENS News.