The Deep Geological Repository sectoral plan guarantees the inclusion of the involved cantons and communes, as well as the relevant authorities in neighbouring countries at an early stage. The general population and all interested organisations receive comprehensive information and are also given an opportunity to actively participate.
The main principles of the sectoral plan are as follows
The search for suitable sites takes place in three stages. Then the Federal Council will make a decision about a site for low and intermediate level waste, and one for high-level waste or for a single site for all waste categories (general licence). After the decision has been taken by the Federal Council it has to be adopted by Parliament and may have to be approved by the electorate if the option of a national referendum is called for.