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09.09.2019  

Slovenia highlighted the significant work of the IAEA in the area of safety standards

Statement by Ambassador Barbara Žvokelj, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the IAEA, at the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, on Nuclear and Radiation Safety, (Agenda item 3), Vienna, 9 September 2019

Madame Chairperson,

I would like to commend the well-prepared Nuclear and Radiation Safety report. In addition to what has been said on behalf of the EU, I would like to make several remarks in my national capacity, focusing on items relevant to the activities, which strengthen radiation and nuclear safety in Slovenia. 

Madame Chairperson,

Regarding the Agency's safety standards, which are addressed in the section B of the report, I would like to welcome the fact that the backlog of draft safety standards endorsed by the Commission on Safety Standards (CSS) has been efficiently eliminated through improvements in the publication and approval process. In this connection, I would also like to highlight that Slovenia appreciates the work of the Agency in the area of safety standards, since it significantly contributes to improving Member States legal and regulatory frameworks.

Turning to the issue of self-assessment and the Agency's peer review and advisory services, which is addressed in section C of the report, let me say that we follow the activities in the area of IRRS and ARTEMIS missions even closer, since Slovenia applied to conduct these missions likely in 2021. For this purpose we sent a representative to the workshop in Luxemburg in November 2018 to exchange information, experiences and lessons learned from the IRRS missions conducted since 2014, as well as to regional workshop held back-to-back with the previous workshop, to discuss specific aspects related to the IRRS missions that have been conducted in Member States of the European Union.

I would now like to briefly turn to the OSART follow-up mission, which the Agency conducted in Slovenia in October 2018, as mentioned on page 7 in paragraph 29. The Mission concluded that 70% of the given recommendations and suggestions were completed. In the meantime the Krško NPP successfully concluded all of them, except one, namely the development of operation's task management software tool, which is now in final stages of development and will be completed by the end of September.

Madame Chairperson,

I would like to inform the Board that at the beginning of this year the Slovenian regulator issued a positive opinion for the construction license for Krško NPP Spent Fuel Dry Storage. Before the start of the construction some of the spatial planning documents will need to be additionally amended. The project is on track to be concluded by 2021.  The events such as the technical meeting, held in Vienna in October 2018, as mentioned on page 18 in the paragraph 99, where the participating experts further developed an approach for defining generic test conditions for dry storage of spent nuclear fuel, is of paramount importance also for the ongoing activities in our country.

Before concluding let me also say something on emergency preparedness and response, which is addressed in section K of the report. The Agency held a Response and Assistance Network (RANET) workshop at the RANET Capacity Building Centre in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, in August 2018, with 11 participating Member States. The Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration's team took part in this workshop, where it tested its new instruments in a real situation. At the same time the team was able to perform a pilot test of the new Radioactivity in the Environment web portal mobile application, which displays real-time field measurements of the mobile units. The data were displayed at the SNSA premises in Slovenia. Experience gained during this pilot test led to further development of the application.

With this, my Delegation takes note of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety report as contained in GOV/2019/27- GC(63)/4.

Thank you.