Many journalists have been enquirer to attend the press conference held at the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority to launch the year of 2015. Mr Gyula Fichtinger, Director-General of the HAEA emphasized the particular importance of openness and transparency in regulatory activities and said that the nuclear regulatory authority is making significant efforts to that end. Among other things, public hearings and an open day are held, conferences are organized and from 2015 the Authority also has its Facebook page.
Mr Kristóf Horváth, Deputy Director General
for General Nuclear Issues emphasized that the Hungarian specialists regularly
participated in international nuclear safety review missions, and international
training courses had been held in Hungary, which showed the international
recognition of our country. He added: "In 2015 HAEA will be chair
of the European Nuclear Security Regulators’ Association (ENSRA)."
and "In 2015 we will be preparing for a large-scale international
nuclear emergency response exercise of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)."
In response to a journalist's question
Mr Gyula Fichtinger said the Authority had adequate resources to perform
the site evaluation and assessment licensing tasks arising from the implementation
of new units. Additional resources necessary for the licensing process
and subsequent performance of regulatory supervision tasks are still under
discussion, but the Authority already has the financial means to hire an
additional staff of twenty. In relation to the cooling of the new units
Mr Fichtinger said that any solution could be considered: fresh water cooling
using water from the Danube, or installation of a cooling tower. Specific
calculations can determine which technology is best to be used.
The press release and the presentation held at the press conference are available here (in Hungarian).