Following the Fukushima accident in 2011, Hungary also performed the stress tests in relation to Paks Nuclear Power Plant to review its resistance against extreme hazards. The improvement actions decided upon the results were compiled into a National Action Plan that was published on the HAEA website. The HAEA reviewed the progress in the Action Plan in 2013, 2015 and in 2016 either for an EU request or for the international review conference of the Convention on Nuclear Safety. Approaching its completion, the HAEA, also complying with the EU expectations, reviewed the plan again in 2017.
The EU Nuclear Safety Directive (2014/87/EURATOM (NSD)) requires member states operating nuclear facilities to perform a Topical Peer Review at least every six years. The first Topical Peer Review took place in 2017. As the first step of the review, member states have to prepare a National Assessment Report in the specified topic, which they need to publish in English as well. Then member states mutually review each other’s reports, and the public may also make comments and put questions to them. Experts are also invited by the EU to study the reports. Finally, the results of the review will be discussed by the representatives of member states and the invited experts in an international peer review workshop in the spring of 2018. The results will be summarized in a report after the workshop.
The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority issued a new publication about its safeguard activities in the past years and especially about the Hungarian Safeguards Support Programme to the IAEA, which celebrated its 25 years anniversary in 2016.
The IAEA Board of Governors, which meets 5 times a year, held its latest meeting between 20-24 November 2017 with the attendance of the HAEA’s representative. The main focus of the IAEA Board of Governors November meeting was the IAEA technical cooperation programme for 2018/2019, but other items, such as nuclear energy and applications, nuclear safety and security issues as well as the nuclear verification in Iran, and other safeguards topics were also discussed at the meeting.
Semi-annual safety performance assessment, 2017. Arrangement between the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) and the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority for the Exchange of Technical Information and Cooperation in Nuclear Safety. Memoranda of Understanding signed on the margin of the IAEA’s 61st General Conference (Country Programme Framework – CPF). Memoranda of Understanding with the Polish and Moroccan authorities. The nuclear qualification process of the main contractor and the most important subcontractors of the new Paks nuclear power units is about to finish. ConvEx-3 (2017) excercise. BUTE Training Reactor Periodic Safety Review. Modification of construction licence of the Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility. Professional registration at the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority. The operation license of the Radioactive Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility. Construction License of the Reinforced Concrete Vault in the National Radioactive Waste Repository I-K3 Disposal Chamber.