Regulatory work

EEAE is empowered to prepare regulatory documents in the fields of its competence. In this respect, EEAE issues regulatory acts. Also, EEAE proposes new legislation by drafting the respective documents (Laws, Presidential Decrees, Ministerial Decisions). EEAE prepares the necessary legislation for transposition of the European Directives of Euratom to national legislation.

In 2014 the most important development in the regulatory field concerned the regulatory authority itself. In 2014, in Law 4310 (Government Gazette Folio No. 258/Α/08.12.2014) titled "Research, Technological Development and Innovation and other provisions", a separate chapter, chapter E, titled "Nuclear Energy, Technology and Radiation Protection - Greek Atomic Energy Commission" is included (articles 39 - 46, article 90); with these provisions the obsolete framework (Law 1733/1987, Legislative Decree 184/1974) is replaced by a new operation framework of EEAE. The basic points of this new framework are summarized as follows:
• ΕΕΑΕ is explicitly designated as Regulatory Authority for the control, the regulation and the supervision of the sector of nuclear energy, nuclear technology, radiological and nuclear safety and radiation protection, and its competences are codified in a consolidated text, by completing, extending and clarifying the older provisions;
• EEAE acquires complete administrative and financial independence, keeps its scientific character and is given the form of public entity;
• ΕΕΑΕ as regulatory authority is henceforth the licensing administrative authority;
• inspection procedures and inspectors role are reinforced significantly;
• law enforcement means are provided, by specifying administrative and penal sanctions;
• EEAE is provided with the power to conduct hearings and public consultations, and to issue a number of regulations;
• provisions for transparency enhancement, accountability and avoidance of conflict of interests are included;
• provisions ensuring organization's resources and sustainable financial independence are foreseen;
• EEAE can cooperate with research/academic institutions on educational matters. 

The new EEAE operation regime is in line with the international and european requirements for the radiation protection and nuclear safety regulatory authorities and enhances the independent and effective regulation of this field.

Also, in 2014: 

• EEAE Decision no. 2/214 (Government Gazette Folio No. 1958/Β/18.07.2014) titled "Specification of procedures for the release/acceptance of contaminated objects and radioactive waste from medical applications" has been issued;
• Ministerial Decree No. Δ.ΥΓ2/οικ.98941 (Government Gazette Folio No. 3176/Β/26.11.2014) titled "Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRL) for radiography examinations, computer tomography tests, interventional cardiology and dental radiography examination procedures" has been issued;
• Joint Ministerial Decree No. 29179/340/Φγ61 (Government Gazette Folio No. 1275/Β/20.05.2014) has been issued, titled "Operation Rules of the National Observatory of Electromagnetic
Fields";
• the EEAE working group having as task the drafting of the texts (drafts of presidential decrees and ministerial decrees) on the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste completed its job and submitted for approval to EEAE's Board the drafts. These legislative texts are to be provided pursuant to Presidential Decree 122/2013 "Transposition to Greek legislation of Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom of 19 July 2011 establishing a Community framework for the responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste". The new drafted texts concern the following:

  • "Establishment of a national regulatory and organizational  framework for responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste''
  • "National policy on the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste"
  • "Procedures and requirements for the licensing of facilities of radioactive waste management"
  • "National programme of spent fuel and radioactive waste management".

The new texts together with the presidential decree 122/2013, constitute an up-to-date, integrated framework of national legislation on the management of radioactive waste in our
country.

• revision of Annex R of "Xenokratis" general plan for civil protection was continued, in cooperation with the General Secretariat for Civil Protection;
• the preparation of the legislative texts for the transposition of the Council Directive 2013/59 /Euratom of 5 December 2013 "laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionizing radiation, and repealing Directives 89/618/Euratom, 90/641/Euratom, 96/29/Euratom, 97/43/Euratom and 2003/122/Euratom" was continued.

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