Bilateral Co-operation 2016
Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia:
On 17 and 18 May 2016 the regular annual quadripartite meeting was held in the Czech Republic between the representatives of nuclear regulators from the Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia, this year organized by SUJB, CZ.The meeting participants exchanged information on the changes and current development in the state regulators and the most important activities carried out during the period since the previous quadripartite meeting. They exchanged views and opinions to address European issues regarding current issues of safety of nuclear installations (NI) in their countries. They discussed the coordination of activities under the competence of the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA), activities of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG), the activities within the Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD (OECD/NEA) and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The agenda of the meeting included also issues of physical protection and cyber security and bilateral relations with third countries.
On 20 and 21 June 2016, based on government agreement on the exchange of information on matters of mutual interest related to nuclear safety and radiation protection, already the 24th bilateral meeting was held between the delegations of SR and Austria. From the Austrian side the meeting was attended by the representatives of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and International Affairs, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and Environment, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Federal Environmental Agency, the local governments of Vienna, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Carinthia and Styria, the Institute for Safety and Risk Research. For the Slovak side it was attended by the representatives of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of SR, MZV SR, SHMÚ, SE a.s., JAVYS, a.s., JESS. The Slovak delegation was led by Ms. Marta Žiaková, Chairperson of ÚJD SR. Agenda focused on the exchange of information regarding legislation on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, radiation monitoring, emergency preparedness, as well as in the field of radioactive waste management. The participants discussed the current state of completion of Units 3&4 of NPP Mochovce. Representative of JESS, a. s. informed about the current state of the project of new nuclear source and on the process of impact assessment of this project on the environment. Concerning the legislation, the Slovak party informed about the new Act on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and on the legislation that is under preparation to transpose Directives 2013/59/Euratom and 2014/87/Euratom. On both sides activities were presented in the field of radioactive waste management, and Slovakia in addition informed about the situation in decommissioning of NPP Bohunice V-1 and NPP Bohunice A-1. In discussing the above topics, all relevant issues have been addressed. ÚJD SR representatives also presented information on the preparation and planned activities in the relevant field during the Presidency of Slovakia in the EU Council. At the meeting it was stated that the process of expert meetings that arose from the condition 3.2 of the Final Opinion of MoEnv SR in the process of impact assessment of the project of construction of NPP Mochovce 3&4 on the environment, has been completed and both parties hereby consider the condition to be fulfilled. Further information on the progress of completion of NPP Mochovce 3&4 will be provided in a usual way at the annual bilateral meetings.
Regular bilateral meeting based on the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the Slovak Republic on Early Notification of Nuclear Accidents, Exchange of Information and Cooperation in the Field of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection was held on 17 June 2016 in Krakow, Poland.
The principal topics of the meeting were discussions about the priorities of the forthcoming Polish Presidency in the V4 countries and the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council with an emphasis on the coordination in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy and also organization of trainings and technical visits of the Polish parties to Slovakia.
Both delegations expressed satisfaction with the high level of information exchange between experts from the National Atomic Energy Agency of Poland (PAA) and the representatives of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of SR (ÚJD SR). During the negotiations it was agreed that in the coming period Slovak Republic will provide in a form of trainings of PAA experts, as well as by organizing technical visits of experts, direct support to the Polish nuclear regulator. Direct communication of experts from both countries will also continue based on the needs of the Polish nuclear regulator.
At the end of the meeting it was concluded that the exchange of information and experience is very helpful for both parties and it will continue. The Slovak party invited the representatives of Poland for a meeting to be held in 2017 in the Slovak Republic.
Based on an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of state regulation over nuclear safety of nuclear installations and state regulation of nuclear materials, on 4 and 5 April 2016 a bilateral meeting was held in Trnava between the representatives of the State Office for Nuclear Safety of the Czech Republic (SUJB) and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of SR (ÚJD SR). The opening part of the meeting looked at the latest news of the regulators and in both countries. The Chairperson of SUJB informed about the progress of work on the Atomic Act, which passed the readings in all committees of the Government; about issuing the authorisation for siting NPP Temelín 3&4, which was contested in court, and about the process of long-term operation of NPP Dukovany 1. The Chairperson of ÚJD SR provided information about the current state of preparation of the new Atomic Act, on adoption of the Act on Severe Industrial Accidents, on periodic assessment of operation of NPP Bohunice V2, completion of NPP Mochovce 3&4 and the decommissioning of NPP Bohunice V1. From current events ÚJD SR concentrated on the preparations for the Slovak Presidency in the EU Council and also provided information on events in international organizations. The Czech party also received information about the results of opinion polls from November 2015. Interesting events and information from the operation of nuclear installations were presented by both parties, as well as information about inspections. Both parties informed in detail about the course and the outcome of the post-action inspection of welded joints of qualified equipment. The Czech party also provided an update of information on radiation protection.