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.
In March 2020, the International Atomic Energy Agency offered member states if they require its support to send equipment to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The IAEA is using its own resources as well as extrabudgetary funding for its emergency COVID-19 assistance. A number of countries, including Hungary, requested the support of the IAEA, and in June, the National Public Health Center in Budapest received the shipment.
Since some measures related to the pandemic in Hungary have been lifted, based on the recommendations of the Defense Working Committee set up in March, the Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority decided to end the teleworking period and get back to the normal operation of the Authority from 15th of June. However, some safety measures will still be in force.
The new issue of the HAEA’s Nuclear Safety Bulletin presenting a number of interesting articles is now available. In the new issue you can read about the most significant statistical data on nuclear safety and the recent legal changes in Hungary. The HAEA provides detailed information on the safety zone for nuclear installations and radioactive waste storage facilities, on the regulatory licensing and supervision activity of HAEA related to the new unit construction project, on the status of the Periodic Safety Reviews' tasks of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, as well as on the final review of the National Action Plan at the end of 2019.
The Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority decided to cancel all international events hosted by the HAEA in Budapest until 31 October, based on the pandemic situation and the uncertain travel conditions. In this period, official international trips of the HAEA staff are not allowed either.