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Remediation work at legacy uranium mining sites in Uzbekistan is under way, supported by a €9m ($11m) grant from the Environmental Remediation Account for Central Asia (ERA) – set up on the initiative of the European Union (EU) and managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD).

Date: Thursday, 21 September 2023
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Framatome has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hungary’s Ministry of Energy for the development of a strategic relationship in the nuclear field. The MOU seeks to facilitate the extension of the cooperation between Framatome and Hungary in various domains of interest in nuclear such as education and competencies, R&D, the implementation of new technologies, fuel supply and related nuclear materials, as well as long-term operation.

Date: Saturday, 16 September 2023
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The Hungarian authorities intend to switch the NPP in the city of Paks to French nuclear fuel instead of Russian, Telex reported citing Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The plan was listed among 15 government steps that Orban intends to implement by 2034. The prime minister stated his intention to achieve “energy self-sufficiency, which will include operating the Paks plant on French fuel instead of Russian.” Currently East European countries with Soviet NPPs are under heavy pressure for the European Union to diversify away from using Russian nuclear fuel.

Date: Thursday, 14 September 2023
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Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó has said that with groundwork under way at the site of the planned sixth unit at the Paks nuclear power plant, a fresh project milestone has been reached.

Date: Thursday, 07 September 2023
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Bulgaria’s National Electricity Company (NEK – Natsiunalnata Elektricheska Kompania) will be able to continue to conserve the equipment delivered for units 1&2 of Belene NPP" with technical assistance from Russia’s Atomstroyexport. The government ensured continued maintenance of the equipment by adopting an exception to European sanctions imposed on Russia following its special military operation in Ukraine.

Date: Saturday, 26 August 2023
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Specialists at the St Petersburg-based JSC NIIEFA - part of the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom - have started acceptance tests of a full-scale prototype of the first wall panel for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion machine under construction in Cadarache, southern France.

Date: Tuesday, 15 August 2023
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts have in recent days continued to inspect parts of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP), without seeing any mines or explosives. They are still waiting to gain the necessary access to the rooftops of reactor units 3 & 4 following recent reports that explosives may have been placed there, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said, adding that the nuclear safety and security situation remains very precarious.

Date: Friday, 14 July 2023
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Bulgarian Energy Minister Rumen Radev and Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in the field of energy during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Sofia. The two ministers noted that the MOU aims at broad development of energy cooperation “to support the economic and infrastructural development of the whole region”. The MOU provides for cooperation in nuclear energy, gas, green energy and energy transition including smart networks.

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2023
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