Austria: The 9th joint meeting of representatives of both governmental organisations and nuclear safety and radiation protection experts based on the Agreement between the Government of the CSSR and Government of Austria on Issues of Common Interest in Connection with Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection was held in Slovakia on December 20, 2001. It was stated at this meeting that the information exchange based on the agreement was adequate.
As a part of the above-mentioned co-operation a trilateral Slovak-Austrian-Hungarian exercise was performed in October 2001, which showed the possibility of close co-operation in emergency situations. (More information in chapter 9. )
Hungary: In accordance with the Agreement between the Government of CSFR and the Government of Hungary on Exchange of Information and Co-operation in the Field of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection, a joint meeting was held in Balatonfürred in Hungary from May 30 to June 1, 2001. A Memorandum of Understanding for Co-operation and Exchange of Information in Nuclear Safety was signed between the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic and the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority, in which the co-operation between both regulatory authorities in the area of regulatory activities, focused on safety of nuclear installations is specified.
Exchange of information and experience with Hungarian experts is appreciated very much. Besides, in 2001, several meetings were held in which representatives of both regulatory bodies exchanged information in various fields of nuclear safety and international co-operation.
Czech Republic: On the basis of the Agreement between the Government of the Slovak Republic and the Government of the Czech Republic on Co-operation in the Field of State Supervision of Nuclear Installations and of State Supervision of Nuclear Materials a regular bilateral meeting of representatives of UJD and State Office for Nuclear Safety (SUJB) was held in Bratislava on January 11-12, 2001. Current issues of nuclear safety legislation, regulatory activities in the area of physical protection of nuclear power plants, radioactive waste management, conception of safety improvement of NPP WWER 440/213 as well as international co-operation focused on activities towards the OECD/NEA, EU and implementation of Act in Free Accession to information in conditions of regulatory authorities were the main tasks of the expert meeting.
A discussion was also held on the current preparation of governmental Agreement on Early Notification of Nuclear Accidents. Importance of co-operation is underlined by the fact that the chairman of UJD is a member of Committee of nuclear safety of SUJB and chairperson of SUJB is a member of Committee of nuclear safety of UJD.
Poland: A regular meeting based on the Agreement between the Government of the Slovak Republic and the Government of Poland on Early Notification of Nuclear Accident, on Exchange of Information and Co-operation in the Field of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection was held on June 4-5, 2001 in Krakow.
Polish and Slovak experts exchanged information and experience in the field of nuclear and radiation safety, radioactive waste management, emergency preparedness and public information. It was stated at the end of the meeting that a high level of co-operation between the Slovak Republic and Poland was achieved.
Ukraine: The co-operation with Ukraine occurs under the Agreement between the Government of the Slovak Republic and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Early Notification of Nuclear Accidents, on Exchange of Information and Co-operation in the Field of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection. Based on this agreement a meeting of chairmen and representatives of both regulatory bodies was held during the session of 45th General Conference in Vienna on September 2001. Topics on co-operation of both countries in frame of international organisations IAEA, WANO, CENS, Forum WWER were discussed.
Representatives of both regulatory authorities informed each other about the status of preparation of National report under the Convention of Nuclear Safety and about the current situation in the area of nuclear safety in both countries. The main scope of co-operation concerning the common interest of both sides was specified. The representatives of Ukraine have been invited to visit Slovakia in 2002.
Germany: A bilateral meeting, under the Agreement between the Government of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic and the Federal Government of Germany on Questions of Common Interest in Connection with Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection was held in Bonn on October 22-23, 2001. Representatives of both Slovak UJD and Ministry of Health and representatives of German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety participated in the meeting. Exchange of information concerning the nuclear energy in both countries, legislation, results and future perspectives of scientific and technological co-operation were main topics of the agenda of meeting. The German side provided participants with information on current development in EU and OECD/NEA. Representatives of Germany also expressed their support of the membership of the Slovak Republic in EU and OECD/NEA. At the same time, a new draft of the governmental agreement was discussed.
The German Association for Reactor Safety (GRS) organises seminars on safety of nuclear installations, on methods of physical protection of NPPs and nuclear materials, on radioactive waste management and supports participation of Slovak experts in these seminars. Experts from Slovakia participated in five seminars in 2001. In addition, ÚJD co-operates with GRS in the area of scientific and technological issues focusing on safety assessment, safety analyses performing and supporting activities, review of safety documentation and use of an analytical tools and experiences.
Slovenia: The second meeting of representatives of ÚJD and Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration under the Agreement between the Government of Slovakia and the Government of Slovenia for the Exchange of Information in the Field of Nuclear Safety was held in Bratislava on December 17, 2001.
Participants exchanged experience and information in the field of supervision over nuclear and radiation safety. The interest was focused on the legislation, inspection activities, and physical protection of nuclear power plants, radioactive waste management and emergency preparedness.
Romania: A proposal of Agreement between the Government of the Slovak Republic and the Government of Romania on Early Notification of Nuclear Accidents and Information Exchange on Nuclear Facilities was approved by the Slovak Government in November 2001. The above-mentioned agreement defines a system of early notification of nuclear accidents and scope of exchange of information and co-operation between the Slovak Republic and Romania in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy. The agreement is expected to be signed in the first half of the year 2002.
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France: The co-operation is focused mainly on the exchange of information and experience with French regulatory authority Nuclear Installation Safety Directorate of the French Republic (DSIN) and with its supporting organisation IPSN. It is based on the Arrangement between the UJD and the Nuclear Installation Safety Directorate of the French Republic (DSIN) for Exchange of Information and Co-operation in the Regulation of Nuclear Safety.
Japan: The Government of Japan within the International Invitation Programme through the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Japan Electric Power Information Centre (JEPIC) and Radiation Application Development Association (RADA), provided a training for UJD, Slovenské elektrárne company, research institutes, university experts and experts of the relevant governmental organisations. Twelve participants from Slovakia attended these seminars and courses in 2001. The Japanese Government provided Slovakian nuclear energy experts with the opportunity for long term scientific stays in Japan, focused on scientific and development activities. Recently, one expert took a one-year stay in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in Tokai-Mura.
Two delegations visited Slovakia in October 2001, representing the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan Association of Electric Energy, Federal Association for Electric Energy, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Japan Electric Power Information Centre (JEPIC) and Radiation Application Development Association (RADA). Both delegations were interested in the contribution of international Invitation programme for the Slovak experts and nuclear power engineering in Slovakia.
Switzerland: A Pilot Course on Regulatory Assessment organised under the project CENS was held in Slovakia on November 23-24, 2001. “CENS” is a working name of project for regional Centre for Nuclear Safety for East and Central Europe Countries.
The basic idea of CENS is to support the co-operation among the nuclear regulatory bodies of East and Central Europe countries in the field of nuclear safety assessment.(more details in Chapter 4)
Armenia: Within the co-operation with the IAEA, UJD and the
Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority a mutual exchange of experts in the field of
strengthening of a state authority, inspection activities, legislation, NPP personnel
training, development of instructions and regulations were realised in 2001.
Representatives of UJD together with representatives of US NRC and Department of Energy
(US DOE) took part in the meeting in Armenia where the requests of Armenia concerning
assistance in the field of nuclear safety enhancement of NPP Metzamor were discussed. A
possible assistance was identified for SAR elaboration with NPP Metzamor, on I&C, and
development of normative documents for licensing of simulator and operators.