Argentinian diplomat Rafael Mariano Grossi takes office as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency this week after winning unanimous support from the organization’s Member States.
On 8th of November 2019, on the occasion of the International Day of Radiology, a European communication campaign was launched in 19 countries under the heading of “Getting the right image for my patient”. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness on the appropriate use of medical radiological examinations.
The regular meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency was held in Vienna from 18 to 22 November 2019. Hungary participated in the meeting as member of the Board of Governors. Highlights of the meeting included the 2020-2021 project cycle of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme, a report on the previous cycle, and Acting Director Cornel Feruta providing detailed information on IAEA inspections in Iran.
The second meeting of the European Safeguards Research & Development Association (ESARDA), Implementation of Safeguards Working Group (IS WG) was held on 19-20 November 2019, in Budapest, hosted by the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority.
On 28-29 October, 2019, the HAEA hosted the annual Austrian-Hungarian bilateral meeting, which was attended by several Austrian and Hungarian experts. During the meeting both parties informed each other about the main changes, results and developments of the past year and the challenges ahead. The main topics of the meeting were the changes in the legal framework, the recent developments at Paks NPP, the status of the Paks II project, emergency preparedness, radiation protection, radioactive waste management, the results of the EU topical peer review in Hungary about the aging management of nuclear facilities, and the IRRS Missions in both countries.