After about a year's experience with available national waste management programmes based on Directive 2011/70/Euratom, the Joint Project produced a report about status of national programmes and SEAs in the JP countries. We analysed several aspects of transparency and public participation in these programmes and compared them to good practice. The report can be downloaded here.
In response to a request by Nuclear Transparency Watch from March 2016, the European Commission gave access to all national programmes and implementation reports on management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. You can download them here.
According to the Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom „establishing a Community framework for the responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste“, the EU member states are obliged to prepare national programmes on the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. The programmes need to include all waste management steps. Goal is the safe and responsible management to protect workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionizing radiation. Any undue burden on future generations should be avoided. The Member States are obliged to submit a report to the European Commission on the implementation of this Directive for the first time by 23 August 2015, and every 3 years thereafter (Art. 14 (1))
Moreover, the preparation of the national waste management programme is also subject to the Directive 2001/42/EC “on the Environmental Impact Assessment of certain plans and programmes.”
The Joint Project NGOs made a request to their national authorities about the status of the national programmes. In a short report, the status in the Joint Project countries as of June 2015 is listed: By end of June 2015, none of the Joint Project countries had started a transboundary SEA procedure. Therefore, the Joint Project will also include national waste management programmes in their workload for 2015/2016.
The report can be downloaded here.
In the Joint Project workshop in Budapest in May 2013, Dr. Andrea Kondorosi, a representative of the Hungarian Ministry of National Development, gave a presentationon the transposition of the 2011/70/EURATOM Council directive in Hungary.
In 2003 we have analyzed management plans for nuclear fuel in the three new EU member states and the procedures for site selection. The results are summarized in a report, where we discussed also the EU legislation concerning public information and participation.
If you are interersted in our findings download the nuclear risk and public control report 2003 (pdf, 870 KB)