National Report of the Slovak Republic - Radiation and Nuclear Safety , September 1998

5.1.3 International Agreements

All bilateral agreements made with the neighboring countries and listed in Section 4.7.7. remain in force with respect to design and construction of nuclear installations in the territory of the Slovak Republic. Based on these agreements, Slovakia is obliged to notify the neighboring countries of nuclear installations planned, and of the expected schedules of the operation of nuclear installations.

As far as multilateral agreements are concerned, Slovakia is the signatory to the following international agreements:

  1. Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo)
  2. The Convention is based on the need for international cooperation in assessing environmental impacts, in particular of trans-boundary nature. It reinforces the necessity of measures taken by states aimed at assessment of environmental effects of various activities within the states, based on their legal regulations, administrative measures and national policies.

    The Convention was signed by the CSFR on February 25, 1991. It has so far not been ratified by Slovakia.

    The Convention has been implemented into the national legislation through Act of National Council of Slovakia On the Environmental Impact Assessment, No. 127/1994 Coll.ll. The Act provides that construction of nuclear power plants is subject of international review from the viewpoint of transboundary environmental effects.

  3. Convention of the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (Basle)

The objective of the Convention is to ensure international cooperation concerning the threat of damage to human health and the environment which may originate from hazardous waste and other waste and their trans-boundary movements. Based on the Convention, states should take measures necessary to bring handling of hazardous waste and their movements across the boundaries of states and including their disposal into accordance with requirements for human health and environmental protection.

The Convention came into effect for the CSFR on May 5, 1992, and Slovakia notified succession to it on May 28, 1993 effective as of January 1, 1993.

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