21st meeting of the Commission of CIS Member States on Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy
On October 27, 2020, the 21st meeting of the Commission of CIS Member States on Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy took place. The meeting was chaired by Mikhail Mikhadyuk, deputy minister of energy of the Republic of Belarus.
Due to the complicated epidemiological situation caused by the COVID pandemic, the meeting was held in a videoconference format.
The event was attended by members of the Commission from the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan. The Russian Federation was represented by Alexey Ferapontov, Deputy Chairman of Rostechnadzor, and Nikolai Spassky, Deputy Director General for International Relations of Rosatom.
The participants approved the draft protocol on practical measures for reporting a nuclear accident or radiation emergency, and the scope and content of assistance. The draft protocol was developed as part of the implementation of the signed Agreement on interaction of CIS Member States to ensure preparedness in the event of a nuclear accident or the occurrence of a radiation emergency and mutual assistance in eliminating its consequences.
When considering the implementation of the CIS interstate target program “Rehabilitation of Territories Affected by Uranium Mining,” it was noted that, despite the difficulties caused by the epidemiological situation, the construction of the process roads in the populated area of Min-Kush was completed.
The Kazakhstan specialists reported on the progress of scientific research at the Kazakhstan tokamak. All the main process systems of the installation are involved in the research. The members of the Commission approved the report on the implementation of the activities under the Research Program at the Kazakhstan tokamak for 2018 to 2020 and the draft Research Program for 2021 to 2023.
The draft Memorandum on the establishment of the Association of safety regulatory bodies in the field of the use of atomic energy of the CIS countries and technical support organizations was approved.
The members of the Commission supported the transfer of functions of the base organization for the management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste and decommissioning of nuclear and radiation hazardous facilities to JSC TVEL JSC, and approved the draft Regulation on the base organization.
The meeting heard the report on the status of the draft Agreement on transboundary transportation of radioactive materials. The signing of the Agreement is expected during the forthcoming meeting of the Council of the Heads of the Governments of CIS Member States to be held on November 6 later this year. The Framework Program COOPERATON ATOM – CIS for the period up to 2030 is also to be approved there.
Concluding the meeting, the members of the Commission signed the minutes.