The authorisation for the entry from and to the EU Member States, import, export of radioactive waste and spent fuel

The authorisation or the consent from the authority competent for nuclear safety must be acquired for the entry from and to EU Member States, import, export and transit of radioactive waste and spent fuel.

The authority competent for nuclear safety assesses the measures of radiation and nuclear safety in the entire process of dispatching radioactive waste and spent fuel from the place of origin to the place of delivery, i.e. in the process of issuing the authorisation or consent under the previous paragraph.

The authorisation for the entry in the EU Member States and the export under the first paragraph of this Article is issued by the authority competent for nuclear safety, if a consent was issued by the competent authority of the country of destination, and if the consent was issued by the competent authorities of countries through which the shipment is travelling, and if the entity that carries radioactive waste or spent fuel to EU Member States or exports them fulfils all the conditions for the takeover of radioactive waste or spent fuel if the shipment is rejected.

The authorisation for the transit across the EU, where the Republic of Slovenia is the first country of transit, is issued by the authority competent for nuclear safety, if all consents of the competent authorities of the country of origin and the country of destination as well as countries through which the shipment is travelling, have been acquired for the shipment of radioactive waste or spent fuel, and if the sender of radioactive waste or spent fuel has the authorisation of the country of origin to return the shipment to the place of origin if the shipment is rejected.

The authorisation for import is issued by the authority competent for nuclear safety, if the importer proves that they have an authorisation for radioactive waste or spent fuel of the country of origin if the shipment is rejected, and the ministry competent for the environment acquired all consents for the imported shipment from the competent authorities of the country of origin or countries through which the shipment travels.

The authorisation is issued for one or several shipments for maximum three years.

The authority competent for nuclear safety does not permit the export of radioactive waste or spent fuel:

  • to the places of purpose south from 60° latitude S; or
  • to the country that has signed the partnership agreement among the members of the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries on one hand and the European Community and its countries on the other hand (the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement) and which is not a EU Member State;
  • or to a third country that does not have administrative and technical abilities and administrative structure for safe radioactive waste or spent fuel management as is indicated in the joint convention on the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management.

The authorisation issued does not impact the responsibility of the holder, transporter, owner or recipient or any other person that participates at the transport of shipment with regard to radiation or nuclear safety under this Act.

Radioactive waste, spent fuel, nuclear and radioactive substances are shipped in packaging as determined by the regulations in the field of hazardous goods transport.

Detailed conditions with regard to the issue of authorisations and consents for the entry from EU Member States, to the EU Member States, import, export and transit of radioactive waste and spent fuel is prescribed by the Rules on transboundary shipments of radioactive waste and spent fuel.

List of activities

Legal protection

  • Judicial remedy: Appeal
  • Competent authority: Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
Last updated: 17. 02. 2016