Co-operation with the European Commission
The 15th regular meeting of the senior representatives of the European nuclear regulators (CONCERT group) was held on 23 and 24 June 1999 in Neptun, Romania. The main topic of the meeting was the assessment of emergency preparedness in individual countries, state supervision of safety modifications at NPPs and potential problems related to the issue of Y2K. Year 2000 was the main focus of the 16th session of CONCERT group, during which UJD chairman declared the preparedness and an action plan for managing the situation.
UJD chairman took the position of a vice-chairman of the Nuclear Safety Assistance Coordination (NUSAC) , which associates the group of industrially developed countries (G-24) , countries of CEE, as well as the countries of the former Soviet Union.
In August the second year of EU regulators assistance project for UJD was completed (RAMG). The project focused mainly on emergency planning, RAW management, radiation protection, personnel training, licensing process and technical and administrative management.
Besides these activities UJD representatives actively participated in the EC activities directed mainly to strengthening co-operation with the associated countries in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection. UJD representatives were invited to the 54 th and 55 th session of the nuclear regulators working group (NRWG) , to the workshop on regulatory aspects of nuclear installation decommissioning, to a seminar on severe accident management (SAMIME program). UJD representative also participated at an informative study stay for higher state officials at the European Commission. On November 24, 1999 there was an informative meeting for representatives of EC, Slovak Ministry of Economy, UJD and the IAEA on the shutdown of NPP V-1 Bohunice.
Fulfillment of obligations resulting from international agreements
The Slovak Republic ratified the Convention on Nuclear Safety on February 23, 1995. UJD fulfils the role of coordinator and it is also commissioned by meeting the obligations resulting from the Convention. According to article 5 of the Convention in co-operation with the involved ministries and organizations the National Report of Slovakia has been prepared, which was discussed at the First Review Meeting of the contracting parties. Slovakia chaired the group of countries with the following members: France, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Brazil, Croatia, and Greece.
After responding to more than 90 questions in its report the First group to the plenary session stated:
- fast constitution of the regulatory Authority UJD being an outstanding result;
- UJD reports directly to the Government and its chairman takes part at the government sessions if these relate to the issues of nuclear safety. UJD chairman acts independently with an active approach to public information, in compliance with the independent position of this authority;
- The Slovak party presented its safety improvement programs for NPP V-1 and NPP V-2 Bohunice and NPP Mochovce units in details, their current status and future plans;
- In relation to the efficiency of containment of NPP V-1 Bohunice units Slovakia presented arguments leading to conclusions that the realized and proposed safety measures will assure that this is no longer a safety issue;
- The group appreciated outstanding results in the field of safety improvements, both on the side of the regulator and the operator, as well as other organizations, which participate on the process of safety improvement, these results allow Slovakia to transfer knowledge and experience to other countries with similar nuclear installations.
Conclusions from the Review Meeting confirmed compliance of legislation and other activities in the field of nuclear safety with the articles of the Convention on Nuclear Safety. The report is published on the Internet:
http: //www. ujd. gov. sk
Slovakia ratified the Joint Convention no the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of RAW Management on January 27, 1998. UJD is the coordinator of works related to meeting obligations resulting from the Convention. UJD has been actively participating on preparation of guidelines and procedures for implementation of this convention.
Austria: Based on the Agreement between the Governments of the Slovak Republic and Austria on Issues of Common Interest in Connection with Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection the 7th joint meeting of representatives of both governmental organizations and nuclear safety and radiation protection experts was held in Závažná Poruba on 10 and 11 September 1999. As a conclusion it was stated that mutual co-operation between experts of both countries in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy is on a high level and the information exchange based on the agreement was evaluated as sufficient and complete. The Ambassador of Austria, Her Excellency Gabriele Matzner visited UJD on December 1, 1999, during which the Chairman of UJD informed her about the current situation in the nuclear energy in Slovakia.
Hungary: According to 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 annual meeting in Demänová, Slovakia, was held with the participation of governmental experts and representatives from Hungary and from Slovakia. The experts exchanged information in the area of generally binding regulations related to nuclear and radiation safety, in the area of safety improvement on NPPs Bohunice, NPP Mochovce and NPP Paks in Hungary, R W management, emergency planning and radiation monitoring.
Czech Republic: On 20 and 21 May 1999 a meeting of representatives of regulatory authorities over the of nuclear safety of Slovakia and the Czech Republic was held based on 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 Safety of Nuclear Installations and State Supervision of Nuclear Materials. The meeting focused on exchange of experience in performing supervisory activities in both countries, exchange of experience in preparation of legislative documents in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy with the focus on nuclear safety, and on experience in start up of nuclear installations. Representatives of the Czech Republic informed on harmonization of the legislation with the EU regulations. The representatives of Slovakia informed about the experience in the field of public information and media relations. There is an understanding that cooperation based on this agreement is very successful.
On November 8, 1999 the chairperson of SUJB, Dana Drábová visited UJD. The main items besides information exchange. The main item was signature of the Program of Co-operation between UJD and SUJB. The Program details the areas of co-operation between the two Regulatory Authorities, based on the governmental framework agreement.
Poland: Regular meeting based on the Agreement between the Government of the Slovak Republic and the Government of Poland on Early Notification of Nuclear ccident, on Exchange of Information and Co-operation in the Field of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection was held on September 2 and 3 1999 in Warsaw. Representatives of governmental organizations of Slovakia and Poland attended this meeting with the aim to exchange information in the field of legislation related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, safety of NPPs Bohunice and NPP Mochovce,And in the field of emergency planning and radiation monitoring. Taking the opportunity of visiting Warsaw, the head of the Slovak delegation, Miroslav Lipár visited the Ambassador of Slovak Republic to Poland, His Excellency Ondrej Nemeok and discussed conclusions of the meeting and the current status of nuclear energy in Slovakia.
On 16 September 1999 the Ambassador of Poland to Slovakia, His Excellence Jan Komornicki with a delegation visited UJD. After visiting UJD the Ambassador accompanied by the chairman of UJD visited Bohunice NPP, where together with the chairman of the National Agency for Atomic Energy in Poland, prof. Jerzy Niewodniczanski visited VUJE.