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EIA/IC/S/3 ARMENIA

Party (State) of originAffected Party (State)
ArmeniaAzerbaijan
Activity (project)
Construction of a nuclear power station in Metsamor, Armenia 
DESICIONS
Decision IS/1b
Compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention in respect of a nuclear power plant in Metsamor
adopted at the intermediary sessions of the Meetings of the Parties to the Espoo Convention and the Protocol on SEA (5-7 February 2019)
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Decision VI/2
adopted by the Sixth session of the of the Meetings of the Parties to the Espoo Convention and the Protocol on SEA, Geneva, 2-5 June 2014
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SUMMARY OF THE CASE
At its twenty-first session (20 June 2011), the Implementation Committee took note of the submission by Azerbaijan (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/4, para.12).

The Committee considered the matter at its twenty-second (5-7 September 2011, ECE./MP.EIA/IC/2011/6, para. 16-21), twenty-third (5-7 December 2011, ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/8, paras. 12-15), twenty-fourth (20-23 March 2012, ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/2, paras. 11-13) and twenty-fifth sessions (11-13 September 2012, ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/4, 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 according to para. 9 of the Structure and Functions of the Implementation Committee and Procedures for Review of Compliance (appendix to Decicion III/2). Both Parties sent their comments and representatios to the Committee on due time.

At its twenty-sixth session (26-28 November 2012) the Committee finalized its findings and recommendations taking into account representations and comments received from the two Parties concerned (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/6, paras. 11-15 and Annex I).

At its sixth session (Geneva, 2-5 June 2014), the Meeting of the Parties requested the Committee to follow up and, as appropriate, monitor the steps in the transboundary EIA procedure in relation to the planned construction of the Metsamor NPP (decision VI/2, paras. 45–46).  At its thirty-second session (Geneva, 9-11 December 2014), the Committee took note of the information from Armenia that the Government, through decision 511-A of 19 May 2014, had approved its new energy programme, which among other projects, envisaged that the construction of the new block of the NPP would only start in 2018.  Armenia also informed the Committee that that the decision for the planned construction of the NPP was no longer valid, the activities based on that decision were suspended and that there was no transboundary EIA procedure relating to that project. Thus the Committee decided that there was no longer a ground to follow up on the decision VI/2, paras. 45–46. It decided to recommend to the Meeting of the Parties to close the case and to encourage Armenia to ensure that any projects carried out in accordance with energy-related programmes, including nuclear activities, be in compliance with the Convention.

The Committee also observed that the Programme of the Government of 19 May 2014 seemed to set the framework for future activities in the energy field. Therefore, as Armenia was a Party to the Protocol on SEA, the Committee initiated an information-gathering procedure on Protocol matters (SEA/IC/INFO/2) to establish whether the Government programme in question should have been a subject to an SEA.

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 report on its forty-second session.
 
DOCUMENT TITLEENGFRERUS
21st session, 20 June 2011
5 May 2011Information submitted by AzerbaijanENG
2 August 2011Reply by ArmeniaENG 
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/4Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-first sessionENGFRERUS
22nd session, 5 - 7 September 2011
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/6Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-second sessionENGFRERUS
23rd session, 5 - 7 December 2011
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/8Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-third sessionENGFRERUS
24th session, 20 - 23 March 2012
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/2Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-fourth sessionENGFRERUS
25th session, 11 - 13 September 2012
25 April 2012Letter from the Chair of the Committee to AzerbaijanENG
25 April 2012Letter from the Chair of the Committee to ArmeniaENG
15 August 2012Comments and representations by AzerbaijanENG
14 August 2012Comments and representations by ArmeniaENG
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/4

ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/4/ Corr.1
Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-fifth session

Corrigendum to the Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-fifth session (only for the English version) 
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26th session, 26 - 28 November 2012
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/6Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-sixth sessionENGFRERUS
Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention, 6th session, 2-5 June 2014, Geneva
decision VI/2 on review of complianceReport of the Meeting of the Parties on its sixth sessionENGFRERUS
FOLLOW UP TO DECISION VI/2
1 August 2014Letter from the Minister of Nature Protection to the UNECE Executive Secretary regarding the follow-up to decision VI/2 in relation to S/4 (Metsamor NPP)ENG
20 August 2014Letter from the UNECE Executive SecretaryENG
21 September 2014Letter to Armenia on CI/1 and S/3ENG
19 November 2014Letter from Armenia on CI/1 and S/3 ENG
24 December 2014Letter to Armenia on CI/1 and S/3ENG
Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention, 7th session, 13-16 June 2017, Minsk
ECE/MP.EIA/2017/4−
ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2017/4
Report of the activities of the Implementation Committee to the Meeting of the Parties on its seventh session (paras 27-29)ENGFRARUS
ECE/MP.EIA/2017/8, paras 45-47Draft decision on the review of compliance with the ConventionENG
ECE/MP.EIA/23 - ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/7, para 27Report 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 sessionENGFRERUS
39th session, 5 - 7 September 2017
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2017/4, para 31Report of the thirty-ninth session of the Implementation CommitteeENGFRERUS
41st session, 13 - 16 March 2018
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/2, para 14Report of the forty-first session of the Implementation CommitteeENGFRERUS
42nd session, 11 - 14 September 2018
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/4, paras 11-13Report of the forty-second session of the Implementation Committee ENGFRERUS