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Request in particular issues, concerning NPP Astravyets project

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, as well as the REGULATION (EC) No 1367/2006 on on the application of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters to Community institutions and bodies, in particular as covered under article 4 of the said Regulation, notably points 2(a) "texts of international treaties, conventions or agreements, and of Community legislation on the environment or relating to it, and of policies, plans and programmes relating to the environment", 2(e) "data or summaries of data derived from the monitoring of activities affecting, or likely to affect, the environment" as well as article 2(g) "environmental impact studies and risk assessments concerning environmental elements, or a reference to the place where such information can be requested or accessed, I am requesting the following information.

Kindly please provide with all and any documents on the on the issues related to Belarus nuclear power plant project in Astravyets (NPP Astravyets), its nuclear safety and security and its adverse environmental, economic and the security of energy supply effects as well as possible adverse impact on the stability of energy supply and transmission systems in the Union. This in particularly concerns the territorial areas of the Union, including but not limited to the territories neighbouring the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation, that may be affected by this project. This request also concerns all and any documents testifying the actions requested from, initiated by and deployed through the Union bodies to mitigate those adverse effects.
This request in particular concerns these issues, linked to NPP Astravyets project:
- environmental protection (Espoo and Aarhus conventions),
- nuclear safety (Euratom treaty and other Union treaties covering nuclear safety issues, IAEA safety standards),
- comprehensive and transparent risk and safety assessment ("stress tests"),
- construction incidents and work safety breaches during NPP construction in Astavets.
- minutes and conclusions of the meetings between the EU and ENSREG with the authorities of the Republic of Belarus regarding NPP project
- the outcome of Lithuania’s formal appeal calling on the EU and its institutions to take a principled stand in demanding that Belarus immediately prepare an action plan for implementing the stress test recommendations and commit to implementing it before the Astravyets NPP is launched
- the action plan and other activities outlining the EU’s next steps regarding the Astravyets NPP related to safety and security

This request also cover, but is not limited to, documents covering the meetings and exchanges which addressed the issues outlined above, between the Commission bodies (as detailed below) and:
- Other Union bodies, such as the Council of Europe, European Council, European Parliament
- The Republic of Lithuania
- The Republic of Belarus
- The Russian Federation
- Economic entities (privately or publicly owned) engaged in the NPP Astravyets project or having an economic stake in the project
- Other organisations directly or indirectly representing the interests of such economic entities and countries involved in, or affected by the NPP Astravyets project
- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA)

This request covers, but is not limited to, the activities of these European Commission bodies:
- The current and former Members of the College of Commissioners and their staff, including the current and former European Commission Presidents and their staff
- The Secretariat General of the European Commission;
- The Directorate General for Environment,
- The Directorate General for Energy,
- The Directorate General Joint research centre

- The European External Action Service
- The Nuclear Safeguards Implementation Expert Group (acting under Chapter VII, EURATOM Treaty)
- The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)

Thank you very much in advance for providing this information,

Yours faithfully,

The Association "Movement against Astravyets NPP"
Executive secretary Matas Lasauskas

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, European External Action Service

Dear Mr Lasauskas,

Thank you for your request. Please note that your request falls under the competence of the European Commission and was sent to them.
Your request will be closed in the EEAS database and you will receive the reply from the European Commission.

Yours sincerely,

ACCES TO DOCUMENTS (AD)
[email address]
SG.AFFGEN.2 – Parliamentary Affairs

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Matas Lasauskas

Dear EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS,

WHAT IF I HAVE TO REFUSE AN APLICATION (total or partial refusal)?
The answer must:
• clearly indicate the grounds for the refusal based on one of the exceptions listed in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 and set out specific and detailed arguments justifying the refusal. In case of a full refusal, you should specify that you also examined the possibility to grant partial access.
• inform the applicant of his/ her right to appeal to the Secretary General in relation to the application;
• be signed by the Director-General and sent by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt.
If only part of the document requested is covered by one or more of the exceptions listed in the Regulation, you must release the remaining parts (partial access) and give reasons for the partial refusal as specified above. Save in cases where the refusal is based on the exceptions in Article 4(1), the potential harm caused by disclosure must be weighed against the public interest in disclosure.

Yours sincerely,

Matas Lasauskas

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, European External Action Service

Dear Mr Lasauskas,

As it has been mentioned in the previous message, your request falls under the competence of the European Commission and has been sent there. You will therefore receive a reply from the European Commission.

However, should you nevertheless like your request to be also registered and examined by the EEAS, please let us know.

Yours sincerely,

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (AD)
[EEAS request email]
SG.AFFGEN.2 – Parliamentary Affairs

Matas Lasauskas

Dear EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS,

Thank you for your answer.
Yes, could you please register and examine our request.

Yours sincerely,

Matas Lasauskas

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, European External Action Service

Dear Mr Lasauskas,

This message is an acknowledgement of receipt for your request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (which the EEAS is also respecting).

Your requests for access to document have been registered under reference number: 2020/055
Please refer to this number in any further correspondence.

In accordance with the Regulation, you will receive a reply within 15 working days: 10/6/2020.

Yours sincerely,

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (AD)
[EEAS request email]
SG.AFFGEN.2 – Parliamentary Affairs

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, European External Action Service

Dear Mr Lasauskas,

We are still waiting for the reply from the Division concerned, which is searching for the requested documents. We therefore, exceptionally, need to extend the deadline for reply by an additional 15 working days.

Yours sincerely,

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (AD)
[EEAS request email]
SG.AFFGEN.2 – Parliamentary Affairs

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, European External Action Service

Dear Mr Lasauskas,

 

Your applications are currently being handled. However, we are not in a
position to complete the handling of your applications within the time
limit due to special circumstances [article 7(3) and 8(2) of the
Regulation] – force majeure - current working arrangements due to the
pandemics.

 

We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

We will make every effort to process your request as quickly as possible.

 

Thank you for your understanding,

Yours sincerely,

 

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS (SBR)

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SG.AFFGEN.2 – Parliamentary Affairs

 

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