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Slovenia and Croatia continuing good cooperation in the field of nuclear safety

On 13 December, the Nuclear Safety Administration hosted the annual meeting with a delegation from the Croatian Directorate for Civil Protection as part of the implementation of the bilateral agreement on the Early Exchange of Information in the Event of Radiological Danger.

The Croatian delegation was led by Zdravka Tečić, head of the sector for radiological and nuclear safety at the Directorate for Civil Protection at the Croatian Ministry of the Interior. The Slovenian delegation was led by Igor Sirc, director of the Nuclear Safety Administration.

The participants presented novelties in both administrative authorities in the fields of legislation, preparedness for emergencies and the implementation of radiological monitoring. They also exchanged experiences in preparing and implementing review missions of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Both countries are completing harmonising legislation with European law, and are planning new national programmes for dealing with radioactive waste. Croatia is also planning a new umbrella law governing nuclear and radiation safety. When it comes to preparedness for emergencies, the two countries have participated in different international exercises – as they do annually – and they continue to harmonise protective measures in the event of an emergency at Krško nuclear power plant. Slovenia reported on the findings of three review missions of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which all took place this year. The Croatian guests were particularly interested in the results of the mission’s review of the National Programme for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management. Croatia plans to establish an equivalent programme next year. Both countries regularly exchange information concerning measurements of radioactivity in the environment. In the course of the meeting each country presented its plans to modernise its measurement network.

The participants emphasised the importance of regular and open cooperation, and effective communication and reporting in all domains of nuclear and radiation safety. The next regular meeting in 2023 will be hosted by the Croatian side, in accordance with the agreement that the countries take turns to host the meeting.