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Dialog with stakeholders

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Since its creation, MELOX has actively participated in local economic development by working with suppliers from the Gard region. Over the last few years the facility has also established partnerships with all stakeholders.

Cooperation and local partnerships

Participation in the Local Information Commission (LIC) of Gard

The LIC plays an informative role for the local populations, while monitoring the impact of the site's activities on the environment. Every year, at the general assembly of the LIC of Marcoule (Gard Département), MELOX management presents the annual plant operations report and the results of its impact on the environment. Backed by 25 years of experience, the Gard LIC in Marcoule is also regularly invited to take part in exchanges with MELOX customers on its experience in keeping the public informed.

Relations with stakeholders

In the context of sustainable development policy, MELOX and AREVA Marcoule regularly carry out a mapping of external stakeholders (politicians, authorities, local associations, media ...).

The analysis of the various interviews helped to guide the actions of dialogue and consultation in the coming years, in consultation with CEA to ensure consistency at the Marcoule site. The action plan adopted provides for better visibility of the presence of institutions based in AREVA Rhone Gard (15 units, more than 3,000 employees) and hold meetings over the local news, national and international AREVA group, notably during press conferences, meetings with local officials and partnership activities.

This action plan has been enriched in 2010 with the information campaign of the Rhone Valley near AREVA, AREVA sites linking Tricastin, Marcoule, MELOX and Romans.

In this broader context, MELOX pursuing his own information and regular meetings of its stakeholders. in 2010, the site of MELOX has been visited by municipal councils concerned with understanding the business and development prospects of the institution.

Partnership policy

MELOX has made serious efforts since the facility opened to become involved in the activities of neighboring communities, and has initiated an active partnership policy to support the work of clubs, associations and even schools. It thus helps boost local activities.

Requests are selected on the basis of criteria defined within the framework of the company’s partnership policy, focused on four major types of activity:

  • preserving the local heritage and sustainable development,
  • education and the development of local cultural activities,
  • developing local sports events for the benefit of youth,
  • diversity and helping the disabled enter the workforce.

Local economic development initiatives

Economic impact of MELOX

In 2010, the amount of purchases of supplies, works and services, and past investments by MELOX was € 168 million, including € 113 million at the regional level. Thus, over 67% of purchases MELOX engaged in the Gard and the neighboring departments.

The total amount of taxes paid by MELOX in 2010 amounted to € 5.1 million. The evolution of this figure compared to 2009 (9 m €) due to changes related to the Finance Act 2010 and the removal of business tax and the creation of the Tax CET (Territorial Economic Contribution).

Participation in local structures

In line with AREVA’s sustainable development policy, MELOX participates in the business initiatives of local players. Site management is primarily involved in the following:

  • The "Chamber of Commerce and Industry" of the Gard
  • The “Gard Rhodanian” Economic Development Agency”. Created in 2004, the goal of this agency is to bolster work opportunities in this area by organizing activities and creating jobs.
  • The TRIMATEC activity pole (TRIcastinMArcouleTEChnologies), by participating in a project entitled “Center for technical expertise in working in confined environments". The goal of this project is to set up operations with partners (training and research organizations, small and average-size businesses and industries) to develop specific skills and to train persons in working in confined environments.

Site promotion

Facility tours

Visits to MELOX are only permitted in a strictly professional context. In this vein the site welcomes representatives of the nuclear industry, clients of local information relays (elected officials, Local Information Commission, journalists...) every year.

1416 people visited MELOX in 2010, 42% of foreign nationalities.