Committee’s conclusion: Proposals for legislative amendments regarding licensing of use of nuclear energy should be revised

20-04-2016

Aspects of government regulation of the use of nuclear energy and the need to amend the Law of Ukraine “On licensing of certain types of economic activity” in this area were discussed at the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship. The meeting was held on April 19, chaired by the Committee Chairman, the people’s deputy of Ukraine Volodymyr Halasyuk.

The people’s deputy of Ukraine Oleksandra Kuzhel, representatives of the State Regulatory Service and the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate participated in the workshop discussion of these problems. The expert of the Control and Supervision sector Nataliya Dupliy represented the Better Regulation Delivery Office BRDO.

When discussing the draft law on making amendments to the law, people’s deputies and experts paid particular attention to the position of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate regarding inconsistency of the current legislation of Ukraine with provisions of international agreements and IAEA requirements. According to the initiators of amendments to the legislation, it is needed to limit the application of certain provisions of the law on licensing of certain types of economic activity in the field of nuclear energy use. This thesis was confirmed by requirements of the provision on independence of a state regulatory body for nuclear safety.

“Some imperfect provisions of the current Law of Ukraine “On licensing of certain types of economic activity” require to be systematically improved and refined. We support and fully share the State Regulatory Service’s approach on reforming the regulatory policy, which involves, first of all, a comprehensive preliminary analysis. Being experts in the regulation area, we should offer unbiased and independent conclusions based on a clear understanding of the impact that amendments to the legislation have. In this specific case – the issue should be studied further as it involves cross impacts of safety standards, the international law, current national legislation of Ukraine and many other factors,” the BRDO expert Nataliya Dupliy said after the workshop discussion.

The meeting participants and experts proposed the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate as the initiator of amendments to the law on licensing of the use of nuclear energy to provide additional arguments to support its position.

As a reminder, the BRDO opened a special section on its website to publish draft regulations sent by the State Regulatory Service and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade for our expert review.

The Better Regulation Delivery Office encourages business representatives and the public to get involved in this process and send their proposals to office@brdo.com.ua. All proposals and comments coming to the BRDO email will be considered when making the conclusions.

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