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Response from Directorate general for Energy and Transport to all correspondance concerning the completion of Units 3 and 4 of Mochovche nuclear power plant in Slovakia


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22 & 23 May 2008, Prague

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Eurobarometer, February 2007
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Eurobarometer, June 2008
Radioactive waste

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Article 31 - Group of Experts

It is laid down in Article 31 of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (the "Euratom Treaty") that a Group of scientific experts shall be attached to the Commission and shall have advisory status.

By virtue of the very high standing of its members, and their qualification in the fields of radiation protection and public health, the Group of scientific experts referred to in Article 31 of the Euratom Treaty (the "Group")  is called upon to assume the all-important function of adviser to the Commission on preparing the basic standards to be established by the latter. Moreover, the Treaty itself requires the Commission to consult the Group when revising and supplementing the basic standards for the protection of the health of workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionising radiation (Articles 31 and 32 of the Euratom Treaty). Thus, when putting forward proposals concerning the basic standards, the Commission convenes the Group so that it may formally obtain an expert opinion to enable it to guide its decisions and make the requisite choices. Such decisions are collectively given by the Group whose members, each being appointed on a personal basis, speak on their own behalf and act independently of all external influence.

The Commission may convene the Group not only on the occasions specifically laid down in the Treaty, but also whenever it considers such action to be necessary. A schedule of at least two meetings a year should permit the Commission to keep up a fruitful dialogue with the Group, whilst periodically requesting exchanges of view and guidance on any major problem affecting radiation protection. If necessary, additional meetings can be held or matters can be dealt in written procedure.

The members of the Group are appointed for a term of five years, renewable, by the Scientific and Technical Committee set up in compliance with Article 134 of the Treaty.
The Group has adopted the following Rules of Procedure (47 KB).

Meetings of the Group of Experts, Summary Reports
Meeting of 13-14 November 2007, Luxembourg
Meeting of 12-13 June 2007, Luxembourg
Meeting of 16-18 October 2006, held in Luxembourg
Meeting of 20-21 June 2006, held in Luxembourg
Meeting of 21-22 November 2005, held in Luxembourg
Meeting of 07-08 June 2005, held in Luxembourg

Art. 31 Group Opinions relating to
Opinion on drinking water
a draft Council Recommendation on the reporting of radioactive discharges (60 KB)
a Directive amending Council Directive 92/3/Euratom on shipments of radioactive waste  (55 KB)
a draft Council Directive on the safety of nuclear installations (10 KB)
a draft Council Directive on spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste (10 KB)
Depleted Uranium: Opinion of the group of experts established according to article 31 of the Euratom Treaty
  (150 KB)


last update: 05-08-2008