The Joint Press Conference of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority and the International Atomic Energy Authority about the outcome of the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Mission on the Hungarian nuclear regulatory infrastructure for safety and security attracted significant media interest.
The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority held a joint press conference, and submitted a press release.
An International Atomic Energy Agency expert mission is reviewing Hungary’s nuclear regulatory system. Results of the two-week Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission will be announced at the press conference. Venue: Fényes Adolf str. 4. H-1036 Budapest, HAEA Headquarters, date: 22.05.2015 (Friday) 11.30am. The press conference is delivered by Gyula Fichtinger, Director General (HAEA), Grzegorz Rzentkowski, Director of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety, Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (IAEA), Michael R. Johnson, Deputy Executive Director for Reactor and Preparedness Program, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and IRRS mission team leader.
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.
The first press conference of 2015 at the HAEA starts at 10:30 am on January 27, 2015. Licensing of the new units, life extension of the existing units of Paks NPP, accident and breakdown prevention and international review of Hungary will be on focus. The language of the event is Hungarian.
The International Atomic Energy Agency published its press release on the EPREV follow-up mission to Hungary.
On 4 April 2022, the International Atomic Energy Agency published its press release on the results of the ARTEMIS Mission to Hungary. “The Hungarian system provides a well-developed infrastructure for ensuring the safe and effective management of spent fuel and radioactive waste now and in the future,” said ARTEMIS team leader David Ulfbeck, Senior Adviser at the Danish Health Authority.
On 9th November, the Hungarian Parliament adopted the amendment of the Act on Atomic Energy, which will enter into force in several stages after its promulgation. The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority will be more independent financially and organizationally, while it keeps its regulatory independence, which will provide the framework for efficient work even with the expanding tasks.
The Paks II. Nuclear Power Plant Ltd. submitted its licence application for the construction of new nuclear power plant units on 30 June 2020. The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority had 12 months to conduct the construction licensing procedure, which was extended by 3 months in accordance with the law.
The main purpose of the licensing procedure is to verify that the nuclear power plant units to be built meet the highest national nuclear safety requirements. To this end, the HAEA also relied on the support of international and national experts during the licensing process.
The submitted documentation is very thorough in several respects, however, in order for the Authority to be able to fully verify all requirements, further assessment and analysis is needed in some areas, taking into account the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency's mission, which was carried out in parallel with the construction licensing process. Therefore, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority has requested further clarification for the licensing procedure.
Gyula Fichtinger, Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority, has resigned with effect from April 29, 2021. His resignation was accepted by the Prime Minister. His duties are performed by Szabolcs Hullán, Deputy Director General. The operation of the HAEA is continuous and uninterrupted.