The United States and Russia have replaced it with a bilateral protocol under the Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Program in the Russian Federation Agreement (MNEPR
in the arm, as the twelve-country MNEPR
(213) has been ratified
After the United States and Russia failed to reach an agreement on the extension of the original umbrella agreement, they agreed to continue cooperation under a bilateral protocol to the Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Program in the Russian Federation (MNEPR
* The signatories to the MNEPR
(Framework Agreement) and its related protocol on legal actions, legal procedures and compensation, are currently: the EU, Euratom, the Russian Federation, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK.
* At present, the MNEPR
and its additional Protocol on Claims, Legal Proceedings and Indemnification involve the European Community, EURATOM, the Russian Federation, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK.
Commission officials say that the MNEPR
agreement will also help breathe fresh life into the Northern Dimension, in view of the upcoming Action Plan for 2004-2006.
The text of the Commission's Decision indicates that the nuclear safety funds are conditional on the parties involved adapting and accepting the prospective Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme for Russia (MNEPR
Possible EU objectives for the May Summit include: agreeing with Russia on how to make co-operation more effective; making environment issues a key priority (ratification of Kyoto Protocol, nuclear safety, sea transport safety, conclusion of MNEPR
- Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme); justice and home affairs (readmission agreement); getting a political commitment from Russia to ratify without delay the protocol extending the PCA to the new Member States; and making progress on one international issue, such as Transnistria.
He is believed to have cited Siberian overflight charges, MNEPR
(Multilateral Environmental Programme for the Russian Federation), ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, and other trade issues.
The list of "controversial" international issues has not get any shorter at the start of 2003, on the contrary: KEDO (North Korea), the peer review for the safety of nuclear reactors in the candidate countries; the implementation of the TAC programme, the implementation of the Multilateral Nuclear Environment Programme for Russia (MNEPR
) has yet to be adopted.
Apart from surveying "significant progress" in 2002, Mr Patten indicated that a key agreement on the Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme for the Russian Federation (MNEPR
) could be signed "very soon".
EU diplomats say the Presidency would like talks on the Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation (MNEPR
), which have been going on since 1995, to "reach a final and successful conclusion".