Sweden’s national report on Joint Convention up for review on 22 May

In October 2017, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority submitted a report to the Swedish Government and the IAEA on Sweden's implementation of the obligations of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. On 22 May 2018, the Swedish national report will be presented at a Review Meeting to be held in Vienna.

Every third year, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has the Government assignment of compiling a report on the level of Sweden's fulfilment of the obligations under the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. In October last year, Sweden's sixth national report was submitted to the Government of Sweden and the IAEA. All countries that have ratified the Joint Convention produce the same kind of report. As of October, the Contracting Parties have performed mutual reviews of other countries' reports, and posed questions about the reports.

"Sweden's report reflects an intensive licensing phase as part of the Swedish programme for spent fuel management, which we received questions about. There is also considerable interest in the ongoing comprehensive development of regulations as well as how shutting down four reactors has an impact on spent fuel handling and safety," says Björn Dverstorp, an international adviser and Sweden's contact point in relation to the Joint Convention.

The concluding Review Meeting will be held over a period of two weeks, from 21 May to 1 June, on the premises of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), located in Vienna. Here, all the countries will present their national reports. Sweden's presentation is scheduled for 22 May, comprising a four-hour session in which representatives of different Swedish stakeholders present the report and respond to questions about it.

The conference will be attended by representatives of the respective governments, regulators and nuclear power industries of the Contracting Parties to the Joint Convention. A total of 77 countries are expected to participate.

For more information, please contact: Björn Dverstorp, international adviser, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, via the Authority's duty press officer, Tel: +46 8 799 40 20.