Last year Slovenia hosted different IAEA review missions to further strengthen nuclear safety of its nuclear power programme
Statement by the Delegation of Slovenia, at the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, on the Nuclear Safety Review 2018 (Agenda item 2), Vienna, 5 March 2018
In addition to what has been said by the Bulgarian representative on behalf of the European Union, I would like to make several remarks in my national capacity, taking into account some specific areas highlighted in the Director General's report.
Let me start by saying that Slovenia, as a country with a nuclear option in its energy mix, appreciates all efforts undertaken by the Agency to strengthen nuclear safety in Member States. It is also important that it provides support in establishing necessary conditions and infrastructure to those who decided to embark on nuclear energy by ensuring that nuclear safety issues receive due attention. Our country therefore not only requested many Agency peer review and advisory services, but also provided our experts to a number of similar services to other Member States.
As it is noted in the report on page 35, the Agency last year conducted seven OSART missions and in May the Krško NPP in Slovenia hosted one of those missions. The OSART team identified several issues resulting in 4 recommendations and 16 suggestions. It has also identified 3 good practices. Based on the results of the review, the Krško NPP will be able to further improve its safety performance. The Krško NPP management has already expressed its commitment to address the issues identified and invited a follow-up visit in about eighteen months to review the progress achieved.
As far as the area of emergency preparedness and response is concerned, Slovenia has updated our registration in Agency’s Response and Assistance Network. In November last year the Agency conducted an Emergency Preparedness Review mission in Slovenia, which is noted in the report on page 49. In this context I would like to inform that the EPREV team praised good coordination between the nuclear power plant operator, local officials, and national officers. On the other hand, they recommended improvements in monitoring strategy to ensure that resources are coordinated, by integrating all relevant response organizations into the planning process, as well as updating national arrangements to include a comprehensive protection strategy. Slovenia is also among those Member States that are interested in harmonization of EPR arrangements based on the latest IAEA safety requirement on "Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency".
We took note of increased number of Member State requests for the Agency’s peer reviews and advisory services. Last year we therefore decided to place a request to have a combined Integrated Regulatory Review Service and Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation in Slovenia in 2021.
Slovenia was an active participant at 7th Review Meeting under the Nuclear Safety Convention. We were particularly proud of the recognition we have earned for our good performance in ensuring effective prioritization of resources, combined with a high level of education and international co-operation, within a small nuclear program.
Finally, I would like to address the issue of improving management of the safety and security interface, which is addressed in the report on page 53. Safety and security are different, but we deem it is necessary to address safety and security interface in a coherent manner. We are among those Member States that are encouraging the Secretariat to facilitate coordination of the safety–security interface and continue its current work to systematically cover all the areas as regards the facilities and activities, as well as the Agency’s documents. The interface between nuclear security measures and emergency response arrangements is an area that needs to be addressed from the perspective of both parties, which are in charge of the implementation of measures and arrangements.
With this, my Delegation takes note of the Nuclear Safety Review 2018 as contained the document GOV/2018/4.