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Online meeting of the OECD NEA Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy


The Steering Committee of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency held its meeting virtually on 21-22 October 2021. On the occasion of her first participation, Ms Andrea Beatrix Kádár, the new Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority held an introductory speech. In her introduction, she presented the main points of the modification of the Act on Atomic Energy that means keeping the regulatory independence of HAEA while being more independent financially and organizationally. One of the main agenda items was the discussion about the program of work and budgets for the NEA and its Data Bank for 2022.

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National Training on Conducting Computer Security Assessments at Nuclear Facilities


Between 18th and 22nd October 2021 the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority, together with the International Atomic Energy Agency, organised a National Training on Conducting Computer Security Assessments at Nuclear Facilities in Budapest. The training was held as a part of the IAEA’s support for Hungary within the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan programme, which Hungary joined in 2018.

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WENRA Fall Plenary Meeting


The Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA) held its Fall Plenary Meeting on 14-15 October 2021 partly with personal participation in Paris and partly online. Among others, the implementation of the WERNRA strategy, WENRA’s role in the Thematic Peer Review (TPR) II were discussed, and the reports of working groups were approved.

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Announcement of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority


The Paks II. Nuclear Power Plant Ltd. submitted its licence application for the construction of new nuclear power plant units on 30 June 2020. The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority had 12 months to conduct the construction licensing procedure, which was extended by 3 months in accordance with the law.

The main purpose of the licensing procedure is to verify that the nuclear power plant units to be built meet the highest national nuclear safety requirements. To this end, the HAEA also relied on the support of international and national experts during the licensing process.

The submitted documentation is very thorough in several respects, however, in order for the Authority to be able to fully verify all requirements, further assessment and analysis is needed in some areas, taking into account the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency's mission, which was carried out in parallel with the construction licensing process. Therefore, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority has requested further clarification for the licensing procedure.

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65th IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria


The 65th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency was held in Vienna from 20 to 24 September 2021. Member States adopted resolutions strengthening the IAEA’s technical cooperation activities, the effectiveness and efficiency of safeguards, and its work related to nuclear and radiation safety, nuclear science, technology and applications among others.

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