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Submission by Lithuania having concerns about Belarus’s compliance with its obligations under the Convention (EIA/IC/S/4)

Submission by Lithuania having concerns about Belarus's compliance with its obligations under the Convention with respect to the planned building of a nuclear power plant at Ostrovets, Belarus (16 June 2011).

At its twenty-second session (5-7 September 2011), the Implementation Committee took note of the submission by Lithuania (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/6, para. 22).

The Committee considered the matter at its twenty-third (5-7 December 2011, ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/8, paras. 16-20), twenty-fourth (20-23 March 2012, ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/2, paras. 9 and 10), twenty-fifth (11-13 September 2012, ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/4, paras. 9-11), and twenty-sixth sessions (26-28 November 2012, ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/6, paras. 7 and 8).

Before finalizing its findings and recommendations the Implementation Committee sent its draft to the Parties concerned and invited them to submit their comments or representations (para. 9 of the Structure and Functions of the Implementation Committee and Procedures for Review of Compliance - appendix to Decision III/2). Both Parties responded by 9 November 2012.

At its twenty-seventh session (12-14 March 2013) the Committee finalized its findings and recommendations taking into account the comments and representations from the two Parties concerned (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2013/2, paras. 5 and 6 and Annex). 

In the 2014-2017 intersessional period, the Committee considered its follow-up to decision VI/2 regarding Belarus (paras. 48–64) that followed the Committee’s findings and recommendations at its twenty-seventh session and included additional recommendations made by the Committee after considering extensive documentation submitted prior to the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties by Belarus and Lithuania on steps taken to reach compliance with the Committee’s earlier findings (ECE/MP.EIA/2014/4–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2014/4, paras. 53–56). Also by decision VI/2, the Meeting of the Parties requested the Committee to thoroughly analyse the steps undertaken by the two Parties following the adoption of the Committee’s report on its twenty-seventh session, to reflect the conclusions of its analysis in the report of its thirty-third session at the latest, and to report to the Meeting of the Parties at its seventh session on the matter.

In February 2017, based on its thorough analysis of the steps taken by both Parties since the Committee’s twenty-seventh session, the Committee concluded that Belarus had undertaken all the required steps to reach the final decision as provided for in the Convention. However, based on the available information, the Committee could not reach a final conclusion on the compliance of the steps taken by Belarus to reach the final decision with the provisions of the Convention, as the essence of the compliance case was about unresolved substantive aspects of the EIA documentation that could not necessarily be treated separately from the procedural aspects of EIA (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2017/2). The Committee noted that it did not have the capacity or the mandate to examine the unresolved environmental and scientific issues that had been raised in connection with the activity at Ostrovets by both Parties. The Committee thus finalized its recommendations to the Meeting of the Parties, including two concrete proposals for how the expert advice could be provided to the Committee by July 2018 to enable it to conclude whether the EIA documentation constituted a sufficient basis or not for Belarus to take the final decision to proceed with the implementation of the activity (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2017/2). The expert advice to be provided to the Committee through one of the two proposed alternatives should answer five questions on technical and scientific aspects of the EIA documentation that the Committee had put forward at its thirty-seventh session (Geneva, 12-14 December 2016) (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2016/6, annex I).                

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Submission by Lithuania
received 16 June 2011

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Reply by Belarus
received 22 September 2011

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-second session (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/6)

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-third session (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/8)

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-fourth session (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/2)

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-fifth session (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/4)

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Letter from the Chair of the Committee to Lithuania (13.9.2012)ENG
Letter from the Chair of the Committee to Belarus (13.9.2012)ENG
Comments and representations by Lithuania received on 9 November 2012ENG

Comments and representations by Belarus received on 9 November 2012

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Annex I

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Annex II (available in Lithuanian)

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Annex III (1)

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Annex III (2)

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Annex IV

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Annex V

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Annex VI

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Annex VII

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Annex VIII

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Annex IX

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Annex X (1)

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Annex X (2)

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-sixth session (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/6)

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-seventh session (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2013/2)

Corrigendum to the Report (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2013/2/Corr.1)

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Report of the activities of the Implementation Committee to the Meeting of the Parties on its sixth session (ECE/MP.EIA/2014/4-ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2014/4)ENGFRERUS
Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its sixth session (decision VI/2 on review of compliance)ENGFRERUS

Follow up to decision VI/2

Thirty-first session of the Committee

Letter to Belarus (19.09.2014)ENG
Letter to Lithuania (19.09.2014)ENG

Letter (report) from Belarus (21.11.2014)

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Letter (report) from Lithuania (21.11.2014)

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Annex 1

Annex 2

Thirty-second session of the Committee

Information from Belarus on post-project analysis (12.2.2015)

Cover letter

Post-project analysis

Response to comments

Information from NGO Ecohome (4.3.2015)ENG
Information from Lithuania (12.3.2015)

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Annex

Thirty-third session of the Committee

 

Letter to Belarus (17.04.2015)ENG
Letter (response) from Belarus to the IC (24.06.2015)ENG
Report from Lithuania (23.11.2015)

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Cover

Report from Belarus (4.12.2015)RUS/ENG

Thirty-fourth session of the Committee

Letter to Belarus (16.12.2015)ENG
Letter to Lithuania (16.12.2015)ENG
Letter from Belarus (15.01.2016)RUS/ENG
Letter from Lithuania (18.01.2016)ENG
Letters to Belarus from the secretariat on 29.01.2016 and 11.02.2016 on the schedule for the hearing and questions from the Committee)

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Letters to Lithuania from the secretariat on 29.01.2016 and 11.02.2016 on the schedule for the hearing and questions from the Committee)

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Letter from Lithuania with responses to the Committee questions for the hearing (10.03.2016)ENG

 

Letter from Belarus with responses to the Committee questions for the hearing (11.03.2016)ENG

Thirty-fifth session of the Committee

Letter to Belarus (7.4.2016)ENG
Letter to Lithuania (7.4.2016)ENG
Letter from Lithuania (27.7.16)ENG
Letter from Belarus (29.7.16)ENG/RUS

Thirty-sixth session of the Committee

Letter to Lithuania (19.9.2016)ENG
Letter to Belarus (19.9.2016)ENG
Letter (report) from Belarus (30.11.2016)ENG

Report on Bilateral Belarussian-Lithuanian experts’ meetings regarding the Belarussian NPP project that took place from  21-22 June 2016 in  Vilnius and from  13 to 14 September 2016 in Minsk (08.12.2016)

Annex 1: Lithuania’s position on Bilateral Lithuanian–Belarus experts’ meetings dated 02.12.2016

 Annex 2: Position by Belarus received 08.12.2016

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Annex 1 (ENG)

Annex 2 (ENG)

Thirty-seventh session of the Committee

Letter to Belarus (20.12.2016)ENG
Letter to Lithuania (20.12.2016)ENG
Report from Lithuania (05.01.2017)ENG
Letter from Belarus (06.02.2017)ENGRUS
Letter from Lithuania (10.02.2017)ENG

Thirty-eighth session of the Committee

Report of the activities of the Implementation Committee to the Meeting of the Parties on its sixth session (ECE/MP.EIA/2017/4−ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2017/4, paras 36-44)ENGFRARUS