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EIA/IC/S/3 Armenia

Party (State) of origin Affected Party (State)
Armenia Azerbaijan
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)
ENG
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
ENG
 
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 TITLE ENG FRE RUS
         
  21st session, 20 June 2011      
5 May 2011 Information submitted by Azerbaijan ENG    
2 August 2011 Reply by Armenia ENG     
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/4 Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-first session ENG FRE RUS
  22nd session, 5 - 7 September 2011      
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/6 Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-second session ENG FRE RUS
  23rd session, 5 - 7 December 2011      
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2011/8 Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-third session ENG FRE RUS
  24th session, 20 - 23 March 2012      
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/2 Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-fourth session ENG FRE RUS
  25th session, 11 - 13 September 2012      
25 April 2012 Letter from the Chair of the Committee to Azerbaijan ENG    
25 April 2012 Letter from the Chair of the Committee to Armenia ENG    
15 August 2012 Comments and representations by Azerbaijan ENG    
14 August 2012 Comments and representations by Armenia ENG    
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) 
ENG FRE RUS
  26th session, 26 - 28 November 2012      
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/6 Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-sixth session ENG FRE RUS
  Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention, 6th session, 2-5 June 2014, Geneva      
decision VI/2 on review of compliance Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its sixth session ENG FRE RUS
  FOLLOW UP TO DECISION VI/2      
1 August 2014 Letter 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 2014 Letter from the UNECE Executive Secretary ENG    
21 September 2014 Letter to Armenia on CI/1 and S/3 ENG    
19 November 2014 Letter from Armenia on CI/1 and S/3  ENG    
24 December 2014 Letter to Armenia on CI/1 and S/3 ENG    
  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) ENG FRA RUS
ECE/MP.EIA/2017/8, paras 45-47 Draft decision on the review of compliance with the Convention ENG    
ECE/MP.EIA/23 - ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/7, para 27 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 ENG FRE RUS
  39th session, 5 - 7 September 2017      
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2017/4, para 31 Report of the thirty-ninth session of the Implementation Committee ENG FRE RUS
  41st session, 13 - 16 March 2018      
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/2, para 14 Report of the forty-first session of the Implementation Committee ENG FRE RUS
  42nd session, 11 - 14 September 2018      
ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/4, paras 11-13 Report of the forty-second session of the Implementation Committee  ENG FRE RUS