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International Nuclear Emergency Exercise: HAEA provided effective support to the European Commission’s decisions


The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority has taken part in an international emergency response exercise in the series of ECURIE exercises organized by the European Commission. Thirty countries were involved in the two-day challenge which provided an opportunity for the use and test of a variety of IT support and communication systems (ECURIE communication system, the EURDEP restricted website and the emergency audioconferencing system), as well as the operation of the HAEA’s Emergency Response Organization (ERO). During the exercise the prior task of the HAEA was to support the European Commission with advice, evaluation and recommendations for off-site protective measures.

According to the general exercise scenario severe accident occurred at the Cernavoda NPP in Romania causing the failure of several power supply units. In the frame of the international communication the HAEA ERO

·        tested the ECURIE communications using the latest version of the WebECURIE system;

·        exercised communications among the European Commission emergency services, especially with the newly established Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) operating in Brussels;

·        supported the European Commission by correcting and finalizing Press Releases.

The exercise in Hungary involved thirty-one experts in two shifts from the HAEA and from other Hungarian authorities.

The operation of the national and international correspondents during the exercise will be evaluated and reported. On the basis of feedbacks and comments corrective measures will be developed and implemented.

The HAEA has been supporting the European Commission since 2007 in the frame of RESPEC project. You can read our former news regarding this project by clicking here.