The Espoo Convention EIA/SEA Working Group met in Geneva on May 28-30 2018 (the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context). The key task of the meeting was to prepare draft decisions for consideration by the intersessional (extraordinary) Meeting of the Parties (i-MOP).
The last session of the Meeting of the Parties (Minsk, 2017) was unable to adopt key decision on compliance and implementation by the parties to the Convention, to the large extent due to the different views in relation to the UK case (Hinckley Point C nuclear power station). This time, the extraordinary meeting will consider split separate decisions on each compliance case. For example, two draft decisions on non-compliance by Ukraine were prepared and discussed at the Working Group meeting for further consideration by i-MOP. One draft decision concerns long lasting case on Danube-Black Sea shipping canal, the other – life time extension of the two units at Rivne nuclear power plant.
The Working Group also extended mandate of the special ad-hoc group, which is developing guidance on application of the Espoo Convention to life time extensions of the nuclear power plants. The Working Group approved the terms of reference for this group, a draft guidance should be presented for consideration by regular Meeting of the Parties in 2020. This special ad-hoc group comprises representatives of the interested parties. The ad-hoc group should provide for timely and appropriate formats for participation by the public concerned.
The intermediary Meeting of the Parties of the Espoo Convention is scheduled for February 5-7, 2019, in Geneva.