In 2013 regular annual bilateral meetings were held between the leading representatives of NRA SR and the delegations of mainly of the neighbouring countries – Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria and Slovenia.

On 14 to 15 May 2013 a quadripartite meeting of regulators from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic was held in Skalica. During the negotiations individual countries informed each other about the current developments, the most important events at nuclear installations, discussed the attitudes and opinions on current issues of European affairs and on reactions to the events in Japan, on cooperation with WENRA, ENSREG and the IAEA. At the same time there was an intense debate about the amendment to the Directive 2009/71/Euratom and on making safety documentation public.

Based on the Agreement between the Government of the Slovak Republic and the Government of the Republic of Poland, on 5 and 6 November 2013 a meeting was held in Warsaw, the subject of which was early notification of a nuclear accident, exchange of information and cooperation in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection. Basic topics of the discussions were: radiation monitoring around nuclear installations, supervision over holders of small quantities of nuclear materials and current legislative issues. The discussion brought wide range of useful knowledge and information. Bilateral meeting with the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria (BMaA) and other ministries and provincial 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 27 and 28 May in Trenčín. The meeting agenda, according to the Agreement, focused on information exchange in the field of legislation on peaceful use of nuclear energy, nuclear safety, radiation monitoring, environment, emergency preparedness and radioactive waste management. The Austrian delegation was particularly interested in the current state of the project of completion Units 3&4 of NPP Mochovce and the process of increasing safety of NPP V2 Jaslovské Bohunice. Information on the status of decommissioning of NPP A1 and V1 Jaslovské Bohunice were presented, as well as on environmental monitoring of NPP A1. The agenda of the meeting included also presentation of the representative of the National Nuclear Fund on update of the Strategy for the back-end of the fuel cycle in Slovakia.

Cooperation with the German Society for Safety of Nuclear Installations (GRS), on the basis of which the Slovak experts participate in seminars and working meetings focused on scientific and technical cooperation in the field of safety assessment of nuclear installations, continued also in 2013. Cooperation with GRS continues also in analyses of thermo-hydraulic processes taking place under the containment of nuclear power plants VVER-440/ V213 and use of German computational tools (COCOSYS and SUSA).

In 2013 intense cooperation between the NRA SR and the Embassy of Japan in Bratislava continued, at the impulse of which NRA SR prepared in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Affairs of SR an International Symposium on Nuclear Safety. The conference was held on 14 and 15 March 2013 in Bratislava. The main aim of the Symposium was sharing information and lessons learned after the accident at Japan’s NPP Fukushima Daiichi with the experts from the countries of the European region. The conference was organized at a high level with the participation of representatives of the Government of SR and the relevant ministries, as well as the top representatives of the IAEA and the EC with a special interest from the domestic and foreign guests.

In October 2013 an official delegation of the Foreign Minister, Amina Mohamed of Kenya visited Slovakia, the members of which included also the executive director of the Council for the Project of Nuclear Energy and a Director of Renewable Energy Section falling under the Ministry of Energy and Oil. The agenda of the ministerial visit therefore included also bilateral meeting held between the representatives of the nuclear energy project of Kenya and the representatives of NRA SR, which was held on 16 October 2013. The topic of the discussion was the possibility for Kenyan-Slovak cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and preparation of the Memorandum of Understanding. The delegation expressed interest in study visits and longer term placements in Slovakia for the preparation of Kenyan experts under the project of nuclear energy. It was agreed that NRA SR will act as a contact point for this purpose.

From 10 to 13 April 2013 historically the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Slovak-Vietnamese Commission for Economic Cooperation was held in Hanoi with the participation of a representative of NRA SR, which reviewed the current state of cooperation between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Slovak Republic, which also discussed the framework for possible cooperation in various fields. The representative of NRA SR in discussions with the representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and Training and the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) discussed, inter alia, also the draft Memorandum of Understanding between NRA SR and VARANS and agreed on a visit for the general director of VARANS to Slovakia. The visit took place on 24 September 2013. On this occasion the Memorandum of Understanding was signed between NRA SR and VARANS on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. In the following discussion the Vietnamese party specified its interest in cooperation in developing legal framework, in development of human resources and in reviewing safety documentation for the new NPP.

In 2013 the communication with the Indonesian Agency for regulation of nuclear energy (BAPETEN) continued. On 13 December 2013 the BAPETEN delegation visited NRA SR led by the vice- chairman for licensing and inspections. The discussion focused on implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between NRA SR and BAPETEN, which was signed in 2012. BAPETEN delegation was particularly interested in the possibilities for cooperation in the field of human resources training, inspection activities, as well as communication with the public.

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