For the consultation of the SEA scoping document of the Stevin project in Belgium, Elia decided to hold information meetings. Citizens were invited by direct mailings.
Meetings were divided into two parts: In the first part, people could have a direct one-on-one dialogue with employees to talk about specific issues. The second part was a plenary session where the plans were presented and open questions could be asked. In retrospect, Elia evaluated the first part as more successful. While one-on-one talks served fact-based discussions, in the plenary sessions, opposition was fostered and conflicts reinforced.
The need and the suggested routing were explained to the public through an exposition, maps, a movie, and a brochure. An external, independent expert on EMF was present to answer questions on this subject.