The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority publishes a part of the IAEA mission report on the assessment of the Hungarian national physical protection regime of nuclear and other radioactive material and associated facilities and activities.
Scientific Visit was held from 25 to 29 November under the „Strengthening the Effectiveness of Nuclear and Radiation Safety Regulatory Authority by Increasing the Efficiency for Qualification of Specialists and Experts” IAEA project, at the HAEA’s Headquarters. The representatives of the Department for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (Gosatomnadzor) Ministry of Emergencies of the Republic of Belarus received information on the role of HAEA related to licensing, inspections, review and assessment in the fields of physical protection, safeguards and nuclear safety.
Over the past two days the tension was high in emergency operations centres in around 60 States and 10 international organizations participating in the “Bab Al Maghrib” exercise to test their response to simulated dirty bomb attacks. The simulated “explosions” took place in the port of Tangier Med and Marrakech medina in Morocco. They ‘triggered’ a number of serious implications: “actual” for few States, “potential” for some and “perceived” for many. Issues addressed during the exercise were connected to a radioactive release into the atmosphere, medical response and public health, security, transparent public communications, industry and tourism and commerce, in particular import and export of goods.
A meeting on the project of upgrades of the physical protection system of the radioactive sources was held on 12 September, 2013, initiated by the U.S. government. Since 2009 developments have been implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy in the frame of the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) in Hungary.
Chinese delegation paid a visit on 16 August 2013 to Mr Kristóf Horváth, Deputy Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority. Mr Wang Jun, Secretary General of the State Nuclear Security Technology Center mentioned: international awareness has been raised because of the successful IPPAS mission of Hungary. The Secretary General took the advantage of the meeting to congratulate for the good results.