Source: European Parliament
The report(1) of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group’s (ENSREG) peer review of the stress tests of the Astravets nuclear power plant made a number of important recommendations, requiring thorough follow-up. On 29 January 2020, the Belarusian nuclear regulator published the first update to the National Action Plan (NAcP), summarising the status of implementation of these recommendations(2).
The Commission and ENSREG continue to call upon the Belarusian authorities to ensure timely implementation of all safety improvement measures in accordance with their safety significance. A joint visit to Minsk of ENSREG and the Commission took place on 9-10 March 2020 to discuss the follow-up on the implementation of the Belarus NAcP. Since 2013, under the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation, the Belarusian nuclear safety regulatory authority has been receiving technical assistance.
The Commission and Belarus are in contact regarding participation by Belarus in the European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange (ECURIE) system. The Commission has also called upon Belarus to agree emergency response arrangements with its neighbouring states.
In 2019, the Commission provided a grant for increasing preparedness for nuclear and/or radiological disasters to the Lithuanian Ministry of Interior. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism established the ‘European Civil Protection Pool’ through which national civil protection authorities commit capacities to the EU level. Moreover, Lithuania has announced its interest in developing rescEU capacities in the area of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear emergencies.