United States of Amerika: The US Government, based on the governmental Agreement between the Government of CSFR and the Government of the USA on co-operation in the field of Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy, and within the International nuclear safety program since 1993 has been providing assistance to the government of Slovakia mainly for improving the safety of NPP Bohunice and training of personnel of NPPs through the US AID and the Department of Energy of the USA.
Based on the Agreement between UJD and US NRC on exchange of technical information and co-operation in the nuclear safety matters one employee of UJD participated in 1999 on a short stage in the US NRC in the area of public relation and media. US NRC also grants free of charge licenses for software which is used for safety assessment of nuclear installations.
Mr. B. Travers, executive director for operation of NPPs in US NRC, Mr. J. Kennedy from the U. S. embassy in Viena and Mr. Ch. Serpan, attaché for nuclear safety of the US Mission at the UN in Vienna visited UJD from May 27 to 29, 1999. During the visit in Slovakia they visited NPPs Bohunice, NPP Mochovce and VUJE Trnava.
Mr. H. B. Schechter from the US NRC, who was responsible for technical assistance for Slovakia visited Slovakia on 19 and 20 June 1999. During his visit the results of the assistance program to UJD has been discussed and evaluated. On October 1, 1999 the chair person of US NRC, Greta Joy Dicus visited UJD, accompanied by other representatives of the regulatory Commission. The guests were informed about UJD activities and had been informed on the Emergency Response Center 's responsibilities.
Ukraine: The Agreement between the Government of the Slovak Republic and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Early Notification of Nuclear Accidents, on Exchange of Information and Co-operation in the Field of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection, which was signed on 24 September 1998 in Vienna, entered into force on 1 March 1999 based on the exchange of diplomatic notes between the two countries. The Agreement sets the methods and forms of information transfer in case of nuclear accident and created the framework conditions for co-operation, information and experience exchange in the field of nuclear safety and radiation safety. In 1999 the SWISSUP project was launched (more details in chapter 5).
Germany: Based on the Agreement between the Government of CSFR and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on Issues of Common Interest in Connection with Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection, a meeting of representatives of UJD and the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU) and the German Association for Reactor Safety (GRS) was held in Bratislava on August 25, 1999. The meeting focused primarily on the field of nuclear safety. In conclusion the experts agreed on continuing the co-operation between the two regulators.
With regard to the fact that the agreement -after the changes in geo-political situation following the split of CSFR -in some articles had lost its justification, representatives of BMU submitted a draft of a new agreement for comments by the Slovak side.
The German association for Reactor Safety (GRS) organizes and provides support for participation of Slovak experts on seminars on nuclear safety, on physical protection of NPP and nuclear materials during the transport, etc. Seven experts from Slovakia participated on such seminars in 1999. At the same time, based on the project made with the Ministry for Research and Education (BMFB) experts from UJD participated on professional stages in Germany in the field of safety analyses and utilization of computer software.
Slovenia: On September 25, 1999 the chairman of UJD, Mr. M. Lipár signed together with the chairman of the Slovenian Administration of Nuclear Safety, Mr. M. Gregorie an Agreement between the Government of Slovakia and the Government of Slovenia for Exchange of information in the Field of Nuclear Safety in Bratislava. The Agreement focuses mainly on exchange of information and experience in the field of supervision over nuclear and radiation safety. Mr. M. Gregorie visited Slovakia also as a chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA. Besides UJD he visited also NPP Mochovce and VUJE.
Bulgaria: As a follow up to the Agreement between the Government of CSSR and the Government of Bulgaria on Co-operation in the Field of Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy on 29 September 1999 an Agreement between the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic and the Committee for Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy of Bulgaria on Co-operation in the Field of State Supervision of Safety in Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy was signed in Vienna. The Agreement was signed by the chairman of UJD, Miroslav Lipár, and the chairman of the Committee for Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy in Bulgaria, Gueorgi Kašeiev. The aim of this agreement is to deepen the co-operation between the two authorities in the field of nuclear safety and inspection activities. Within this agreement from 29 November to 3 December 1999 6 experts from the Committee for Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy of Bulgaria visited UJD.
Canada: On September 28, 1999 the chairman of UJD, Mr. M. Lipár and the chair person of the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada, Ms. . Bishop, signed at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna an Implementation Protocol between UJD and the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada to the Agreement between the Government of Slovakia and the Government of Canada on Co-operation in Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy. The Implementation Protocol specifies co-operation mainly in the field of inspection and accounting of nuclear materials.