Hungary's third International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission, conducted by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has been concluded with a report that cited the country's strong commitment to nuclear safety, the watchdog agency said.
The IAEA has conducted two previous IPPAS missions in Hungary, the first two, respectively, in 2007 and 2013. As such, the IAEA had previous mission reports it could use as benchmarks for the country's progress in nuclear safety. “The scope of the IPPAS mission included the legislative and regulatory framework for nuclear security as well as the physical protection of nuclear and other radioactive material and associated facilities and activities, including computer security,” the agency said.
In addition, the IAEA team visited domestic security teams and reviewed Hungary's compliance with the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material. Hungary ratified that Amendment in 2008 and it entered into force last year. It provides guidelines for strengthening protections for nuclear material and facilities.
Moreover, Hungary is on track to add two new Russian-built reactors to the Paks Nuclear Power Plant. The IAEA team visited the Paks plant and the Puspokszilagy Radioactive Waste Treatment and Disposal facility.
The team of seven included members of five different member states. It was headed by Stephan Bayer, Director of the Nuclear Security Section in the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office.
The team found “commendable” practices throughout their review, while adding suggestions for continued improvements. “Hungary's example in applying IAEA Nuclear Security guidance and using IAEA advisory services demonstrates its strong commitment to nuclear security as well as the value of Agency assistance in helping states to establish and maintain an effective nuclear security regime,” said Muhammad Khaliq, head of the IAEA's Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section.
“The team concluded that Hungary has made commendable progress in implementing the recommendations and suggestions of the previous mission. It identified a number of good practices, while also making additional recommendations and suggestions for continuous improvement,” the IAEA said on its website.
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