European SMR pre-Partnership Stakeholders’ Forum

26 October 2023 – Brussels – Belgium

The event venue: European Commission – Charlemagne Building – Room Sicco Mansholt – Brussels


08:30 – 09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 – 10.15

Introduction by Ms. Ditte Juul-Joergensen, EC DG Energy Director General

and European SMR pre-Partnership Steering Committee members:

  • Mr Yves Desbazeille, nucleareurope, Chair
  • Mr Bernard Salha, SNETP – The role of research
  • Mr Marco Brugmans, ENSREG – The role of EU Regulators

Chairs to present main outcomes of their Workstreams and to reply to the main comments from the consultation and questions from the floor.

1. Introductory session.pdfDownload

10.15 – 10.30

The way forward

Mr Yves Desbazeille, nucleareurope, Chair of the European SMR pre-Partnership


10.30 – 11.00


11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30

SMRs as a tool to reach Net-zero objective? – Policy makers perspectives

Topics: SMR needs at EU level (decarbonisation, energy transition and security of supply, industrialisation, innovation etc.)

Moderator:  Mr Jean Bergevin, Senior Expert – Hydrogen and Energy Intensive Industries Directorate I – DG GROW

EU Member States representatives:

  • Mr Nicolas Clausset, Deputy Director Direction générale de l’énergie et du climat (DGEC), Ministère de la Transition Energétique, France
  • Mr Tomáš Ehler, Director General, Energy and Nuclear Energy Sources Section, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

European Parliament views on SMRs:

  • Mr Cristian Bușoi, MEP, ITRE Committee chair (EPP, RO) – video message
  • Ms Tsvetelina Penkova, MEP (S&D, BG)

12.30– 13.30


13.30– 14.30

SMRs and cross sectorial innovations

Topics: innovation sectors to benefit from SMR development

Moderator: Ms Rosalinde van der Vlies, Director Directorate C – DG RTD

  • Supply chain needs: Mr Massimiliano Tacconelli, Walter Tosto
  • Digital transition: Mr Par Lansaker, Vattenfall
  • SMRs for district heating: Mr Ville Valtavirta, VTT
  • Cross sectorial innovation: Mr Bernard Salha, SNETP


14.30 – 15.45

Societal impact of SMR development and deployment

Topics: Social impact of SMR development in the EU (education and training, jobs, public acceptance, etc.)

Moderator: Ms Alena Mastantuono, Vice-President Section for Transport, Energy,
Infrastructure and the Information Society – EESC

Public acceptance
  • Ms Patricia Lorenz,Friends of the Earth Europe
  • Ms Myrto Tripathi, The Voice of nuclear
  • Ms Meritxell Martell, Group of European Municipalities with Nuclear Facilities (GMF)


Competence Building
  • Ms Michèle Coeck, SCK-CEN – Belgium
  • Mr Jean-Philippe Sandrock – GIFEN, France

15.45 – 16.15

Coffee Break

16.15– 17.15

Wrap-up and conclusions
  • Industry Energy Intensive users representative: Mr Nicola Rega, Executive Director Climate Change and Energy, CEFIC
  • National civil nuclear programme – Italy: Prof. Marco Ricotti, Politecnico di Milano
  • Regulator’s perspective: Mr Marco Brugmans, ENSREG Vice-Chair
  • European Commission: Mr. Jan Panek, Director Directorate D, DG ENER

17.15– 17.30

Closing remarks

Mr Yves Desbazeille, nucleareurope, Chair of the European SMR pre-Partnership

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