In November 2014 the Armenia Committee addressed a letter to the Committee on “Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context” (ESPOO), which says that the decision for the planned construction of the Metsamor nuclear power plant was no longer valid and activities based on that decision had been suspended. The Committee on “Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context” had been satisfied with the information contained in the letter from the Government of Armenia. On 5-7 September 2016 at the 36th session held in Geneva the Committee agreed to recommend to the Meeting of the Parties at its seventh session that it endorse the Committee’s finding that there was no longer a project and a transboundary EIA procedure relating to the Metsamor nuclear power plant.
Besides, when considering the follow-up to decision VI/2 (paras.45–46) regarding Armenia (Metsamor nuclear power plant) the Committee had considered that the Programme of the Government of Armenia adopted by decision 511 –A of 19 May 2014 seemed to set the framework for future activities in the energy field. As Armenia was Party to the Protocol,the Committee had agreed to ask Armenia about the nature of the Programme and whether an SEA procedure had been carried out before the adoption of the Programme.
The Committee appointed Mr. Heinma as curator for the matter, and invited him to review the unofficial English translation of the Government Programme of 19 May 2014 and the introduction and appendix provided by Armenia in March 2016. On the basis of the curator’s analysis, the Committee would decide whether further information should be requested from Armenia, and consequently, whether it should formally open an information-gathering case (SEA/IC/INFO/2).
It decided to consider the matter again at its thirty-seventh session.
The curator should therefore provide an analysis for the Committee’s consideration by 1 December 2016.
It should be mentioned the governmental programme adopted on 19 May 2014, “Energy” section says that “the construction of the new power unit will launch in 2018.”
18:19 November 09, 2016