From 17th to 19th of April 2018 the kick-off meeting of the 5th mandate of the PSA WG (Probabilistic Safety Assessment Working Group) of the VVER Regulators' Forum, which compresses the nuclear safety authorities of countries operating VVER type reactors was taken place at the HAEA headquarters in Budapest. This PSA WG is currently chaired by Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority and its major goal is to compare and assess the legal and regulatory framework as well as the national regulatory practices in the field of PSA at the member countries, in order to provide recommendations for the members to amend and improve the supervision and insurance of nuclear safety in the member countries.
From 10-12 April, Budapest hosted the so-called Fierce Falcon workshop on the security of radioactive sources and their unlawful theft, under the auspices of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) and with the support of the Hungarian Government. Hungary is participating in this voluntary partnership as one of 88 nations and 5 official observer institutions working together to combat the common global threat of nuclear terrorism.
On 19 April 2018, the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) will organise a special high level session on the occasion of its 60-year anniversary. The event will be webcasted.
Ambassador Jari Luoto works as the implementation and assessment group coordinator of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism. During the GICNT workshop in Budapest Mr Luoto gave a short interview about some aspects of this interesting topic, mainly in connection with the focus of this workshop.
The Government of Hungary in collaboration with the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) and the U.S. Department of Energy will hold the Fierce Falcon Workshop between 10-12 April 2018 in Budapest. The workshop will focus on securing radiological material, detecting acts of radiological material theft, the immediate response actions to theft, and the search for and recovery of a stolen radiological source.