On 15-16 October, 2018, the annual Austrian-Hungarian bilateral meeting was held at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in Vienna, Austria. During the meeting, which was attended by several Austrian and Hungarian experts, both parties informed each other about the main changes, results and developments of the past year and the challenges ahead. The main topics of the meeting were the changes in the legal framework, the recent developments at Paks NPP, the status of the Paks II project, emergency preparedness, radiation protection, radioactive waste management and the topical peer review on aging management.
At the 24th bilateral meeting,
the Hungarian delegation was led by Mr. Gyula Fichtinger, Director General
of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority. The members of the delegation
were representatives of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, the
State Secretariat for the Maintenance of the Capacity of Paks NPP, MVM
Paks NPP, Paks II. Ltd., PURAM, the National Public Health Institute, the
National Food Chain Safety Office and the Hungarian Meteorological Service.
Led by Ms. Ulrike Hartmann,
Director of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs,
the Austrian delegation included representatives of the local governments
in Austria, as well as officers of the Federal Ministry for Sustainibility
and Tourism, the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research,
the Federal Ministry of the Interior and experts from the Institute of
Safety and the Federal Environment Agency.
Both parties informed each
other about the events of the past one-year period that happened in their
countries in the nuclear field.
Presentations were held
about the legislative changes in both countries, and the Austrian party
also reported on the results of the IRRS Mission in Austria this year.
Mr. László Juhász, head
of department, HAEA, presented the recent developments at the Paks NPP.
Dr. Attila Aszódi, Secretary of State, gave a presentations about the status
of the Paks II project and then replied to the questions of the Austrian
Detailed presentations were
held by both parties about emergency preparedness, waste treatment and
management, research and training reactors and radiation monitoring among
On the second day of the
meeting, Deputy State Secretary, Ms. Andrea Beatrix Kádár presented the
changes in the government structure, the plans for the development of a
new energy strategy and the experiences of the recent IRRS Follow-up Mission.
In her closing remarks,
the head of the Austrian delegation, Ms Ulrike Hartmann, highly appreciated
the openness and cooperation of the Hungarian party and stated that the
Austrian delegation had received comprehensive answers to all their questions.