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Parliament approved a draft law on nuclear safety enabling Energoatom to use EUR 200 million of the loan from Euratom

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19.05.2020

The Verkhovna Rada has approved in the first reading and as a whole draft bill No.2372 “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine for Secure Use of Nuclear Energy”. By adopting the draft law, Ukraine has fulfilled its international obligations to comply with the principle of  independence of the national regulatory body for nuclear and radiation safety as set out in Council Directive 2014/87/Euratom of 8 July 2014 and the IAEA safety standards.

Assuring the independence of the nuclear regulatory body of Ukraine is one of the conditions of the Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Energy Partnership between Ukraine and the EU, as well as one of the conditions of the Guarantee Agreement, which was concluded between Ukraine as guarantor and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) as lender in relation to the loan facility provided to NNEGC “Energoatom” for implementation of the Complex (Consolidated) Safety Upgrade Program of Power Units of Nuclear Power Plants.

Restoring the independent status of the Regulator will actually restore Ukraine’s abilities to comply with international regimes and safety standards (the IAEA), and European laws applicable in state regulation of nuclear and radiation safety. As a result, Ukraine regains the status of a state responsible for nuclear safety, while NNEGC Energoatom is given an opportunity to continue using the Euratom loan proceeds in the amount of EUR 200 million for implementation of the Complex (Consolidated) Safety Upgrade Program of Power Units of Nuclear Power Plants.

Given the importance of such resolution for the nuclear industry of Ukraine,  Energoatom’s staff commended the Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on Energy, Housing and Utilities Services and all People’s Deputies for supporting this draft bill.

For reference: NNEGC “Energoatom” has been implementing the Complex (Consolidated) Safety Upgrade Program of Power Units of Nuclear Power Plants (the CCSUP) in order to further improve nuclear safety, secure effective and reliable operation of the energy sector, upgrade the safety of Ukrainian nuclear power units to the best European standards and requirements for nuclear safety and environmental protection. The CCSUP was developed by Energoatom taking into account the recommendations of the EC-IAEA-Ukraine Joint Project on improving  safety and implementing post-Fukushima actions for power units of NPPs.

The CCSUP was approved by the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on 7 December 2011. Pursuant to the CMU’s Resolution No. 390 of 8 May 2019, the completion period of the Complex (Consolidated) Safety Upgrade Program of Power Units of Nuclear Power Plants was extended till the year 2023.

To implement the CCSUP project, Energoatom attracted the largest loan ever provided by the European institutions (the EBRD and Euratom) to the energy sector of Ukraine  -  EUR 600 million.