On 1 July 2016 the Slovak Republic has launched its first ever Presidency of the Council of the European Union (SK PRES). The Nuclear Regulatory Authority of SR in the framework of its competences will be actively and responsibly participating in the successful implementation of the SK PRES.
One of the major working groups of the EU Council with respect to ÚJD SR is the Working Group on Atomic Questions (AQG – Atomic Question Group), where discussions between the Member States are taking place in particular in relation to legislative and non-legislative instruments and other obligations under the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom Treaty).
The representative of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of SR will chair the meetings and chair this working group in the “Capital based” format, in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU (Vice-Chair of the Working Group) and other national experts from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of SR, Ministry of Economy of SR and the Public Health Authority of SR. The Working Group is structurally under the General Affairs Council. The first meeting of this Working Group will be held on 7 July 2016 in Brussels. Subsequently, on 13 and 14 July 2016 the so called attaché trip will be organized for the representatives of the member states of AQG to Slovakia, to the Nuclear Power Plant Mochovce. Further meetings will be tentatively held on 18 July, 7 September, 11 October, 9 and 30 November and 14 December 2016. Discussions will be held, for example, on the report of the Euratom Community submitted under the Convention on Nuclear Safety, on the report by the European Court of Auditors concerning the case of financial assistance of the EU to support the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia, on the revised Communication on the nuclear illustrative programme (PINC) following an opinion of the European and Social Committee, and on other documents.
In the second half of SK PRES the European Commission is expected to submit proposals for the revision of the Council and the European Commission Regulations in accordance with Article 41 of the Euratom Treaty. The Regulations provide for the rules for notification of investment projects of natural and legal persons in the field of nuclear energy and their review will build on the European energy security strategy. The ambition of the Slovak Presidency is to start a debate and negotiations on the draft revision of those Regulations.
Modified: 25.8.2016 9:41