Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia
Regular quadripartite meeting of regulators of these three countries and Slovakia was held in Balatonfüred, Hungary, on 9 and 10 April 2014. During this meeting the participants informed of the latest developments, the most important events at nuclear installations, they exchanged experience from the preparation and implementation of the IRRS missions, discussed the attitudes and opinions on current issues of the European matters. Representatives of regulators also discussed the operation of the WENRA and ENSREG associations. The discussion on cooperation with the IAEA showed that the regulators are interested in engaging in regional and national technical cooperation projects of the IAEA.
Expert bilateral meeting under the Agreement between the Government of the Slovak Republic and the Government of Poland on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, on exchange of information and cooperation in nuclear safety and radiation protection was held in two parts, on 25 and 26 November 2014 in Trnava and on 27 November 2014 in Bratislava. The key topics discussed included: radiation monitoring in the vicinity of nuclear installation, supervision over holders of small quantities of nuclear materials and the current legal issues. Polish experts discussed relevant areas with the Slovak colleagues based on their specific needs and requirements. For each area specific contact persons were designated, through which the expert dialogue shall continue on an operative basis, according to current needs.
Bilateral meeting with the representatives of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BMaA) and of other ministries and the regional governments under the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Austria and the Government of the Slovak Republic on issues of common interest in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection was held on 12 and 13 June 2014 in St. Pölten, Austria. The agenda, based on an agreement, focused on information exchange in the field of laws on peaceful uses of nuclear energy, nuclear safety, radiation monitoring, environment, emergency preparedness and the radioactive waste management. The Austrian delegation was particularly interested in the progress and the current state of implementation of actions from the National Action Plan adopted after the Stress Tests. Information were presented on the current status of the project of completion of Units 3&4 of NPP Mochovce, including issues related to the budget, on the status of decommissioning of V-1 Jaslovské Bohunice, as well as the current status of the project to build a new source in Jaslovske Bohunice. The program of the meeting included also a presentation by the representative of the Ministry of Economy of the SR devoted to the new Energy Policy of the SR and the evaluation process and the transboundary assessment of its impact on the environment.
In connection with the Slovakia´s Presidency in the Vysegrad Group (V4) NRA SR organized on 24 and 25 June 2014 coordination meeting of the representatives of regulatory authorities of the V4 countries in order to discuss the current issues of European policy on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful uses and coordination of future actions in the field of state supervision over nuclear safety. Participants were informed about the priorities of the Slovak presidency, focusing on those, which relate to energy and especially to nuclear energy and safety.
On 22 September 2014 the delegation of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) visited NRA SR, headed by its Commissioner, William C. Ostendorff. In the bilateral discussions the representatives of NRA SR presented activities and competences of NRA SR, the national framework strategy for the back-end fuel cycle, licensing of completion of Units 3&4 of NPP Mochovce, issues of physical security and the life extension of NPPs. The discussions covered also the possibilities of mutual cooperation and other issues of common interest. The U.S. NRC delegation visited NPP Mochovce 3&4 site. During the tour of the Units under construction the Commissioner was particularly interested in the implementation of safety measures adopted after the events at NPP Fukushima.
Cooperation with the German Society for the nuclear safety (GRS), under which the Slovak experts participate in seminars and workshops focusing on scientific and technical cooperation in the assessment of the safety of nuclear installations, continued also in 2014. Cooperation with GRS also included the area of analyses of thermal-hydraulic processes developing under the containment of nuclear power plants with VVER-440/V213 and the use of computational tools (COCOSYS and SUSA).
On the basis of bilateral negotiations, which took place last year and were also attended by NRA SR, the options for the Slovak-Kenyan cooperation were set in the field of nuclear energy. Kenyan delegation expressed interest in study visits and longterm internships in Slovakia to train Kenyan experts within the nuclear energy project. Bilateral negotiations resulted in the preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of SR and the Ministry of Energy and Oil of the Republic of Kenya on research, education and development in the field of nuclear science and technology, which was signed for the Slovak party by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of SR, Miroslav Lajčák, during his official visit to Nairobi on 26 November 2014.
On the occasion of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between NRA SR and the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy on 24 September 2013, the Vietnamese side specified its interest to cooperate in the creation of a legislative framework, in the development of human resources and in assessing safety documentation for a new nuclear power plant. Currently, VUJE in cooperation with NRA SR is preparing a training program for the staff of VARANS and other technical support organizations in Vietnam. The draft training program was presented to the Vietnamese party in November 2014.