From 14 to 18 September, 2020, the IAEA Board of Governors meeting took place at the Agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi addressed the Board on important issues, including the agreement with Iran on outstanding safeguards issues and the support to Lebanon following the recent explosion. At the meeting, Hungary thanked the IAEA for its great effort to assist its Member States (Hungary included) in their fights against Covid-19. It was highlighted that each and every country has the right to choose its energy mix, suitable for its own needs and capabilities, and nuclear energy remains a key component of the energy mix of Hungary. It was also pointed out that during the pandemic nuclear safety remains a priority for Hungary, with relevance to the implementation of the new nuclear units as well.
The purpose of the document is to show the progress made and the coverage provided to the countries (Hungary included) in strengthening national capacities for the rapid detection of COVID-19.
The EPREV Follow-up Mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency was originally planned for October 2020 to review the progress based on the recommendations and suggestions of the previous Emergency Preparedness Review Mission in 2016. Due to the pandemic situaton the Follow-up Mission had to be posponed to the first half of 2021.
In the Nuclear Security Index report published by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) on 22nd July, which assesses globally the security of nuclear materials, Hungary, as in the previous years, achieved outstanding results. In the field of supporting global efforts, Hungary received 90 points out of 100 by the index, and ranked 6th in the list of 154 countries, plus in the field of facility protection the country got 84 points and the 5th rank out of the 47 countries examined.
On 30th June, 2020, the Paks II. Ltd. submitted the construction license application for the new nuclear units to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority. The regulatory procedure will start on the 1st of July 2020. To make a decision, the HAEA has 12 months that can be extended with additional 3 months if needed.