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Authorities in Bosnia should oppose Trgovska Gora as a potential Location for Radioactive Waste Disposal

The Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina Stasa Kosarac requested from the Expert and Legal Team for Trgovks Gora information on the work done so far, sessions, conclusions and tasks performed, in order to timely submit reports on the work of these bodies to the BiH Council of Ministers and Foreign trade and economic relations of BiH.

The request was sent based on the decisions of the Council of Ministers of BiH of October 29, 2020 on the appointment of an Expert Team to monitor the situation and activities related to the disposal of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel at Trgovska Gora and the Legal Team for drafting a legal protection strategy in connection with this question.

In accordance with the adopted decisions, the Expert and Legal Team are obliged to report every three months, through the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, to the Council of Ministers of BiH on the work and implementation of tasks and activities.

Minister Kosarac expects that the members of the Expert and Legal Team meet the defined deadline and submit reports on the work of the past period to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, so that the Council of Ministers of BiH will be informed about the undertaken activities.

After the Expert and Legal Team submits reports on its work, Minister Kosarac, as announced, will organize a meeting with the chairmen of these working bodies and members of the Coordination Body for Disposal of Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel on Trgovska Gora.

According to him, it is crucial to defend the unified position of the competent institutions at all levels of government in BiH on the challenge of Trgovska Gora as a potential location for storage of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, based on scientific and professional analyzes of the Expert and Legal Team.

”We are especially concerned about the frequent shaking of the ground in Croatia, with an emphasis on the devastating earthquake whose epicenter was in Petrinja, only 44 kilometers from the Trgovska Gora site. The turbulence of this area is an additional alarm due to which we must intensify efforts to defend the interests of the citizens of the Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH so that radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel are not disposed of at the location in question,” concluded Minister Kosarac.

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