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Ukraine adopts draft law on nuclear safety

Ukraine’s parliament has adopted a draft law on nuclear safety as a whole, thereby allowing National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom to attract a 200 million euros loan.

“With the adoption of the Law, Ukraine has fulfilled its international obligations to comply with the principle of independence of the state regulatory body for nuclear and radiation safety,” said the Prime Minister, Denys Shmyhal.

Ensuring the independence of Ukraine’s nuclear regulator is one of the conditions of the Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Energy Partnership between Ukraine and the European Union, as well as one of the conditions of the Guarantee Agreement between Ukraine as a guarantor and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) as a creditor to disburse a loan to Energoatom for the implementation of the Comprehensive Program for Improving the Safety of Nuclear Power Plants.

Restoring the independent status of the regulator will in fact restore Ukraine’s ability to comply with international regimes and safety standards and the European law in terms of state regulation of nuclear and radiation safety.

As a result, Ukraine regains the status of a state responsible for nuclear safety, while Energoatom, which is operating all four nuclear power stations in Ukraine, is given the opportunity to continue using the EURATOM loan in the amount of 200 million euros.

In order to further improve nuclear safety, ensure efficient and reliable operation of the energy sector, bring the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants to the best European standards and requirements for nuclear safety and environmental protection, Energoatom is implementing a Comprehensive Program to improve the safety of nuclear power plants.

The program was developed by Energoatom taking into account the recommendations of the joint project of the European Commission, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Ukraine on improving safety and was approved by a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

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