On 28-29 October, 2019, the HAEA hosted the annual Austrian-Hungarian bilateral meeting, which was attended by several Austrian and Hungarian experts. During the meeting 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, the results of the EU topical peer review in Hungary about the aging management of nuclear facilities, and the IRRS Missions in both countries.
At the 25th bilateral
meeting, the Hungarian delegation was led by Mr. Szabolcs Hullán, Deputy
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 Maintaining the Capacity of Paks
NPP, MVM Paks NPP, Paks II. Ltd., PURAM, the National Public Health Centre,
the National Food Chain Safety Office and the National Directorate General
for Disaster Management.
Led by Mr Ronald Sturm,
Head of Energy Unit 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.
Mr. László Juhász, head
of department, HAEA, presented the recent developments at the Paks NPP.
Mr Attila Hugyecz, chief economic adviser of the State Secretariat for
Maintaining the Capacity of Paks NPP 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
In his closing remarks,
the head of the Austrian delegation, Mr Ronald Sturm, highlighted the importance
of the sincere discussions, and appreciated the openness of the participants
and the excellent organization of the event.
The next bilateral meeting
will take place in Austria in 2020.