Between 30th May and 1st June 2017, the 60th Anniversary International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation took place in Vienna, with the attendance of more than 1160 participants from 160 countries and 27 organizations. The Conference was opened by Mr Yukija Amano, Director General of the IAEA. In his introductory speech, Mr Amano stressed the critical role of science and technology in development, and said that transferring nuclear technology to developing countries is core IAEA business. “The technical cooperation programme has improved the health and prosperity of millions of people” added the Director General.
On 15-18 May, 2017, the Symposium and the 39th Anniversary Meeting of the ESARDA (European Safeguards Research and Development Association) was held in Germany with nearly 200 participants. Hungary was represented by Mr Árpád Vincze, head of department and Ms Hedvig Éva Nagy, nuclear safeguards inspector from the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority.
Annual safety performance assessment. Cooperation agreement with Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus. Comprehensive inspection in the Paks NPP. On-power Maintenance of Paks NPP Units. Site licensing of the new NPP units. RWTDF applied for a comprehensive license. Simultaneous inoperability of two out of three safety systems due to fuel pump failure of a diesel generator. Transport Security Exercise in cooperation with the National Police Headquarters. RESPEC support.
The 7th Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS), which started on 27 March 2017, concluded on 7 April 2017 after its two-week session. Several points of the Hungarian practice was established as good performance, increased measures of transparency were established as a good practice, a model for other Contracting Parties.
Based on the RESPEC (Radiological Emergency Support Project for the European Commission) contract between the European Commission (EC), Directorate-General for Energy and the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority, the HAEAorganised the annual ECUREX exercise in coordination with the EC. The ECUREX is a nuclear emergency response exercise for testing and examining the ECURIE (European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange) system.