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.
Mr Pál Kovács, the Minister of State for Climate Change and Energy on June 10th 2013 announced that the Prime Minister Mr Viktor Orbán appointed Mr Gyula Fichtinger, the former Deputy Director General of HAEA as the Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority.
7 June 2013 – Budapest, Hungary -- A team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts today completed a mission to review nuclear security practices in Hungary.