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EIA/IC/S/4 Belarus

Party or Parties (States) of originBelarus 
Affected Party or Parties (States)Lithuania
Activity (project)Building of a nuclear power plant at Ostrovets, Belarus
Draft decision IS/1d on compliance by Belarus with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets (ECE/MP.EIA/2019/5)ENGFRERUS

 

Information on matters considered by the Committee

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).                

For the outcomes of the Committee’s deliberations since the seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties (Minsk, 13-16 June 2017), please see the Committee’s reports on its forty-second session (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/4, paras. 32-40, and annex) and its forth-third session (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/6, paras 75-84)

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22nd session, 5 - 7 September 2011

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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25th session, 11 - 13 September 2012

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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28th session, 10 - 12 September 2013

Letter from Belarus / Progress report including 4 attachments 23 July 2013

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Letter from Belarus (inviting the Committee to a public hearing in Belarus) 9 August 2013ENG
Letter from the Committee to Belarus 15 August 2013ENG
Information from Belarus re. public hearing of 17.8.2013 (Letter and annexes) 30 August 2013ENG

Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-eight session

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29th session, 10 - 12 December 2013
Letter from Belarus addressed to the Committee 25 November 2013ENG
Letter from Lithuania addressed to the Committee on the implementation of the Committee's recommendations (received on 9.12.13) 9 December 2013ENG
Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-ninth sessionENGFRERUS
30th session, 25 - 27 February 2014

Information from Belarus for consideration by the Committee 11 February 2014
Letter
Annex

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirty session
6th session of the Meeting of the Parties, 2-5 June 2014
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
Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its sixth session(decision VI/2 on review of compliance) 

Follow up to decision VI/2

Report on the activities of the Implementation Committee to the Meeting of the Parties on its seventh session (ECE/MP.EIA/2017/4−ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2017/4, paras 36-44)ENGFRARUS
31st session, 2 - 4 September 2014
Letter to Belarus 19 September 2014ENG
Letter to Lithuania 19 September 2014ENG
Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirty-first sessionENGFRERUS
32nd session, 9 - 11 December 2014

Letter (report) from Belarus 21 November 2014

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Letter (report) from Lithuania 21 November 2014

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirty-second sessionENGFRERUS
33rd session, 17 - 19 March 2015
Information from NGO Ecohome 4 March 2015

Information from Lithuania 12 March 2015

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Letter to Belarus 17 April 2015

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirty-third sessionENGFRERUS
34th session, 8 - 10 December 2015
Letter (response) from Belarus to the IC 24 June 2015ENG

Letter to Belarus 16 December 2015

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Letter to Lithuania 16 December 2015

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirty-fourth sessionENGFRERUS
35th session, 15 - 17 March 2016
Letter from Belarus (before the Bureau) 15 January 2016ENG
Letter from Lithuania (before the Bureau) 18 January 2016ENG
Minutes of the Bureau 19-20 January 2016ENG

Letters to Belarus from the secretariat 29 January 2016

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and 11.02.2016 on the schedule for the hearing and questions from the Committee 11 February 2016ENG

Letters to Lithuania from the secretariat on 29.01.2016 29 January 2016

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and 11.02.2016 on the schedule for the hearing and questions from the Committee 11 February 2016ENG

Letter from Belarus 29 February 2016

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Letter Lithuania with the members of their delegations 29 February 2016ENG
Letter from Lithuania with responses to the Committee questions for the hearing 10 March 2016ENG
Letter from Belarus with responses to the Committee questions for the hearing 11 March 2016ENG
Questions from the Committee for the hearing (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/35/2016/INF.4) 15 March 2016ENG
Letter to Belarus 7 April 2016ENG

Letter to Lithuania 7 April 2016

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirty-fifth sessionENGFRERUS
36th session, 5 - 7 September 2016
Letter from Lithuania 27 July 2016ENG
Letter from Belarus 29 July 2016ENG
Letter to Lithuania 19 September 2016ENG

Letter to Belarus 19 September 2016

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirty-sixth sessionENGFRERUS
37th session, 12 - 14 December 2016
Letter to Belarus 20 December 2016ENG

Letter to Lithuania 20 December 2016

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirty-seventh sessionENGFRERUS
38th session, 20 - 22 February 2017
Letter from Lithuania to IC 10 February 2017ENG
Letter from Lithuania to IC 17 February 2017ENG
Letter from Belarus to IC 17 February 2017ENG

Letter from Belarus to the IC Chair 22 February 2017

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirty-eight sessionENGFRERUS
Minsk ad-hoc session, 12 June 2017
Letter from the IC to Belarus 11 May 2017ENG
Letter from Belarus to IC, including the SEED mission report 05 June 2017ENG
Letter from Belarus to the secretariat 09 June 2017ENG
Report of the Implementation Committee on its ad-hoc sessionENG
39th session, 5 - 7 September 2017
Letter from Lithuania 31 August 2017ENG
Report of the Implementation Committee on its 39th sessionENGFRERUS
40th session, 5 - 7 December 2017
Letter from Belarus 14 November 2017ENG
Letter to Belarus 10 January 2018ENG
Report of the Implementation Committee on its 40th sessionENGFRERUS
41st session, 13 - 16 March 2018
Letter from Belarus 26 February 2018 ENG
Letter from Lithuania 28 February 2018ENG
Report of the Implementation Committee on its 41st session ENGFRERUS
42nd session, 11 - 14 September 2018
Letter to Belarus 20 April 2018ENG
Letter to Lithuania 27 April 2018ENG
Letter from Lithuania (authorization to automatically transmit its information to Belarus) 9 May 2018ENG

Letter from Belarus (authorization to automatically transmit its information to Belarus) 10 May 2018

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Letter from Belarus 24 May 2018ENG

Letter from Lithuania with Annex 28 May 2018
Annex views of Lithuania via-a-via the IC questions vis-a-vis the EIA documentation

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Letter from Belarus (received 07.07.2018) 29 June 2018ENG
Letter from Belarus to the IC and the Bureau 16 November 2018ENG
Report of the Implementation Committee on its 42nd session ENGFRERUS
43rd session, 4 -7 December 2018
Letter to Belarus after IC43 21 December 2018ENG
Report of the Implementation Committee on its 43rd session ENG
Report on the activities of the Implementation Committee to the Meeting of the Parties on its seventh session, paras 36-44 ENG
Progress reports provided by Belarus and Lithuania since June 2014 on an annual basis further to para 59 decision VI/2
2014 Annual Report provided by BelarusENG
2014 Annual Report provided by LithuaniaENG
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2015 Annual Report provided by BelarusENG
2015 Annual Report provided by LithuaniaENG
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2016 Annual Report provided by BelarusENG
2016 Annual Report provided by LithuaniaENG
2017 Annual Report provided by BelarusENG
2017 Annual Report provided by LithuaniaENG
2018 Annual Report provided by BelarusENG
2018 Annual Report provided by LithuaniaENG
Draft decision on the review of compliance with the Convention (ECE/MP.EIA/2017/8, paras 54-65)ENG
Report of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on its seventh session and of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on its third session (ECE/MP.EIA/23 - ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/7, para 27)ENGFRERUS
Report of the fortieth session of the Implementation Committee (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2017/6, paras 27-36)ENGFRERUS
Report of the forty-first session of the Implementation Committee (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/2, paras 40-48)ENGFRERUS
Report of the forty-second session of the Implementation Committee (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/4, paras 32-40) Advance copyENG
Draft decision IS/1d on compliance by Belarus with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets (ECE/MP.EIA/2019/5)ENGFRERUS