|Definition of regional participation: |
"Within the terms of the sectoral plan for deep geological repositories, regional participation refers to the means available to a siting region to co-determine outcomes by inclusion and being accorded a voice in matters. By means of regional participation the population, institutions and interest groups based inside or outside the siting regions can present their demands, concerns, questions, needs and interests to the federal State (Swiss Confederation) and to the communes in the siting regions."
The Regional Conferences have to draw up a report or a statement of position for presentation to the siting region communes and to the Swiss Federal Office of Energy dealing with the following questions:
The members of each Regional Conference are given the opportunity to acquire the specialist knowledge required for the mandate. Lectures are planned as are visits to the interim storage facility at Würenlingen and to the Mont Terri laboratory. Conference members receive an indemnity and expenses for the work they do in the field of regional participation (e.g., attendance fee).
In each region, the Regional Conference is supported by a business office, which also serves as an initial point of contact for citizens.