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Péter Szijjártó, recently confirmed by parliament as Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade, has told parliament’s economic committee that, in response to the looming energy crisis, the government will work to speed up the expansion of the Paks NPP. Szijjártó's had been re-nominated for the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations in the new government, which is now being formed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, following his election victory.

Date: Friday, 20 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshungary-seeks-to-speed-up-paks-npp-expansion-9712752

Belarus's Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said that work on the second unit at the country's first nuclear power plant is proceeding on schedule - and said that the feasibility of building a second nuclear power plant in the country is ongoing.

Date: Friday, 13 May 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Belarus-aims-to-launch-second-unit-of-nuclear-powe

Ukraine has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that there had been no significant new developments related to nuclear safety and security over the past 24 hours, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said. The situation had remained unchanged for the previous four days.

Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-says-situation-remains-unchanged-energoatom-head-gives-details-9635716

Latest updates, 1 April: 

• Ukraine says Russian forces, who took control of Chernobyl on 24 February, have left and handed it back to Ukraine
• IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi holds talks in Kaliningrad with Russian officials about nuclear safety in Ukraine
• He says he will head an IAEA "assistance and support mission" mission to Chernobyl "as soon as possible"
• He said that the IAEA had agreed a safety framework, agreed separately with Ukraine and with Russia • The World Association of Nuclear Operators has transferred Ukraine's nuclear operator Energoatom from its Moscow to its Paris centre

Date: Saturday, 02 April 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-says-Russian-forces-have-left-Chernobyl

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi arrived in Ukraine on 29 March for talks with senior government officials on the IAEA’s planned delivery of urgent technical assistance to ensure the safety and security of the country’s nuclear facilities and help avert the risk of an accident that could endanger people and the environment.

Date: Friday, 01 April 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-director-general-visits-ukraine-9592075

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, held talks in Turkey with Ukraine's foreign minister and Russia's foreign minister and said "we are making progress on the safety and security of nuclear facilities in Ukraine". 

Date: Friday, 11 March 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-chief-in-Turkey-for-talks-on-Ukraine-nuclear

Regional authorities confirm that the six-unit facility in southeast Ukraine has been seized by Russian forces The fire broke out in a training building outside the station in the early hours of Friday, after being shelled by Russian forces, Ukrainian authorities said.

What is the significance of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station?

Date: Saturday, 05 March 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-what-s-happening-at-europe-s-largest-nuclear-power-station-3-5-2022

The Belarusian nuclear station has one nuclear plant in operation and another nearing completions. Courtesy Belarusian NPP. The operator of the Belarusian nuclear power station has demonstrated a continued commitment to safety a year after the first unit was connected to the grid, but further operational safety improvement are needed ahead of the planned commercial operation of the second unit, an International Atomic Energy Agency team said.

The IAEA’s operational safety review team (Osart) on 29 October concluded a five-day follow up mission to the plant, carried out at the request of the government of Belarus, to evaluate progress made in addressing the findings of a pre-Osart mission conducted two years ago.

The Belarusian nuclear station, about 150 km northwest of the capital Minsk, consists of two 1,109 MW pressurised water reactors of the Russian VVER technology. One of them is operational while the other is under construction and scheduled for commercial operation in 2022.

Osart missions aim to review operational safety by assessing safety performance against IAEA safety standards. Teams of experts conduct the review and propose recommendations and suggestions for improvements. Pre-Osart reviews typically take place before first fuel loading.

Date: Tuesday, 02 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/aea-mission-praises-safety-but-says-further-improvements-are-needed-11-1-2021

An expert team assembled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "observed significant improvements" in operational practices at Belarus' Ostravets nuclear power plant, the organisation said, noting that some areas remain for improvement.

Date: Tuesday, 02 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/International-team-notes-improvements-at-Ostravets

Courtesy IAEA. An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Belarus, saying the country has demonstrated its strong commitment and continuous efforts to improve its national nuclear security regime.

The scope of the two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission, carried out at the request of Belarus’ government, was to review the national security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities and activities. It included a review of physical protection measures at Belarus’ first commercial nuclear power plant, Belarus-1, at the Ostrovets site, security aspects related to the transport of nuclear material, and to computer security in nuclear facilities.

The team said Belarus has established a nuclear security regime with essential elements from the IAEA’s guidance on the fundamentals of nuclear security.

Date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-completes-nuclear-security-advisory-mission-7-1-2021