The HARPERS project aims to establish and clarify the benefits and added value of more aligned and harmonised regulations and standards for prioritised topics related to decommissioning and initial phases of radioactive waste handling, including shared processing facilities between Member States (MS).
The project has a two-phase approach: first engaging with stakeholders to assess needs and pros/cons for harmonisation and identify priority areas for deeper analysis (WP2). Phase 2 will pursue deeper engagement with Stakeholders to further assess the highest ranked priority areas (defined in WP2 in the phase 1) in Work Packages (WP) focusing on
(i) cross border services and cooperation (WP3),
(ii) circular economy (WP4), and
(iii) advanced technologies (WP5).
These WPs will review (inter)national practices, capture lessons learned, and assess opportunities. Third parties will be able to contribute to the selected topics through open calls.
WP6 on Regulatory Framework will identify regulatory differences between MS and evaluate strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats associated with harmonisation, while quantifying the benefits of aligned regulations and proposing harmonisation methodologies.
This form aims to establish the stakeholder community with which the project will further engage to assess needs and pros/cons for harmonisation and identify priority areas for deeper analysis.