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CGN invited to int'l symposium on nuclear damage

2017-10-23

Chen Gang, general counsel of China Nuclear Power Engineering Co, a subsidiary of CGN, was an invited representative at the Third International Workshop on the Indemnification of Damage in the Event of a Nuclear Accident held in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, from Oct 18 to 20.

The event was larger than its previous two sessions in 2000 and 2005. More than 180 governmental officials and experts from 34 countries were in attendance.

The Third International Workshop on the Indemnification of Damage in the Event of a Nuclear Accident is held in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, from Oct 18 to 20.

Discussion centered on the implementation of international conventions on nuclear damage and their potential impact on the contracting parties in nuclear incidents.

The international conventions on nuclear damage include the Paris Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy and the Brussels Supplementary Convention, both as amended by the 2004 Protocols; the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and the 1997 Protocol to amend the Vienna Convention; the Joint Protocol relating to the application of the Vienna Convention and the Paris Convention and  the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.

Experts also discussed legal issues triggered by cross-border nuclear incidents and offered compensation solutions for cross-border nuclear damage.

Chen introduced the implementation of the conventions mentioned and the latest legislation on nuclear matters in China, in particular the newly released Nuclear Safety Law, and answered the questions of representatives from the EU and the US.

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is an intergovernmental organization that facilitates cooperation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures as they seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, environment, and law.

The NEA, which is under the framework of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, has 33 members in Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region.