On 19 August 2020 the German Cabinet adopted the seventh report by the Federal Government on measures taken to implement the obligations under the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The report in English, was submitted to the depositary of the Convention, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on 26 October 2020.
There are currently 83 Parties to the Convention (as at October 2020). Germany has been a Party since 13 October 1998. The aims of the Convention are:
- to achieve and maintain worldwide a high safety standard in facilities for the disposal of spent fuel from nuclear power plants and radioactive waste
- to establish and maintain for the long term effective measures to safeguard against possible hazards with radiological impacts in such disposal facilities.
The extent to which the Parties have achieved these goals is investigated every three years in the Review Meetings of the Parties. The Parties must submit written reports which are discussed and evaluated during the meetings. The Seventh Review Meeting is expected to take place in Vienna from 24 May 2021; the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Review Meetings were also held in Vienna, in November 2003, May 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018 respectively.