Two inspectors of the State Inspectorate on Supervision of Geological Study of Depth, Safety in Industry and Mining responsible for safety use of ionizing radiation arrived in Hungary on 03.02.2014 with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority prepared a 10 days long program for them. Within its framework, moreover, they got acquainted with the regulatory review of the Periodic Safety Assessment Review (PSAR) of research reactors and the Hungarian regulatory practice on safeguard of radioactive material.
The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority hosted a Regional Workshop on Nuclear Security Culture in Practice that was held by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Budapest, Hungary, from 18 to 20 February 2014. The purpose of the workshop was to provide a basic awareness and understanding of nuclear security culture to ensure effective nuclear security measures which are able to prevent and combat threats.
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.