Convention on Nuclear safety (CNS). National Report of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the Eight Review Meeting
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Convention on Nuclear safety (CNS). National Report of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the Eight Review Meeting ANVS, The Netherlands, 2019 INTRODUCTION This section sets out the purpose of the present report, and it continues with an overview of the national nuclear programme followed by a description of the national policy towards nuclear activities in the Netherlands and the main safety issues of the reporting period. The introduction finishes with a description of the structure of the report. Purpose of the report On 20 September 1994, the Kingdom of the Netherlands signed the Convention on Nuclear Safety (hereafter: CNS, or ‘the Convention’). It was subsequently formally ratified on 15 October 1996 and entered into force on 13 January 1997. The Convention obliges each Contracting Party to apply widely recognised principles and tools in order to maintain a high level of safety at its nuclear power plants. It also requires each Contracting Party to report on the national implementation of these principles to meetings of the parties to the Convention. This present report has been prepared by the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the Eight Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety. It shows how the Netherlands meets the obligations of each of the articles of the Convention. Regular Review Meetings of Contracting Parties offer an important opportunity to share information related to implementation of the Convention, and as such the Netherlands has and will continue to actively participate. The Netherlands attaches great importance to the Convention, as well as to the Vienna Declaration on nuclear Safety that was unanimously adopted by Contracting Parties in 2015, as essential to international efforts to strengthen nuclear safety. As this report demonstrates, the Netherlands has developed, and continues to improve a robust domestic framework for nuclear safety in line with its international obligations. The information provided by the present report applies to the situation in the Netherlands of July 1st 2019 unless explicitly specified otherwise. Updates to the information presented in this report may be provided at the CNS peer review meeting in March 2020.