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Slovenské Elektrárne has strengthened operational safety at unit 3 of Slovakia's Mochovce nuclear power plant ahead of commercial operation, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. The team said the plant management had made significant progress in addressing the findings of a previous IAEA review in 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-sees-improved-operational-safety-at-Mochovce

The Czech Republic's nuclear sector could deliver up to 75% of the work to construct new reactors at Dukovany and boost GDP by 0.9% during the peak of construction, a government report has concluded. Accordingly, it should be supported and enabled to win more export work, the report said.

Date: Friday, 27 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-Republic-weighs-strategic-value-of-nuclear-s

Slovakia's new Mochovce 3 reactor is slated to start up and generate electricity this year with unit 4 following in 2023, according to an energy security report released by the Ministry of Economy. Once it starts up, Mochovce 3 will immediately tip Slovakia's energy balance back to an export footing.

Date: Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-nuclear-reactor-will-make-Slovakia-a-power-exp

European unions on 27 July reiterated calls for the European Commission (EC) to include nuclear power in its green goals. In a joint letter to EC President Ursula von der Leyen, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 countries said nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy. The unions - from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Romania, Sweden, Slovak Republic and Slovenia - called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseuropean-unions-call-again-for-nuclear-to-be-part-of-the-eu-taxonomy-8946044

Major trade unions in 10 European countries have again urged the European commission to include nuclear energy in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy by promulgating delegated act that would allow the technology to compete with other low-emissions energy sources.

The commission decided not to include nuclear energy in the sustainable finance taxonomy, which entered into force last summer, but said it would include it under a complementary delegated act in 2021. The act would include the technical screening criteria for determining the conditions under which nuclear could qualify as contributing to sustainability and climate change mitigation.

The taxonomy is a package of regulations that governs investment in activities that the EU says are environmentally friendly.

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/european-trade-unions-renew-call-for-nuclear-to-be-included-7-4-2021

Slovakia’s nuclear regulator, the Office for the Supervision of Nuclear Power Plants (ÚJD) on 13 May issued a permit for the commissioning of unit 3 of the Mochovce NPP. UJD said that after verifying compliance with all technical and legislative requirements, it had issued a permit for the commissioning of Mochovce 3, as well as related permits for radioactive waste and used fuel management and early use buildings. Since plant owner/operator Slovenske Elektrarne (SE) applied for the permit in December 2016, ÚJD said it had thoroughly inspected and evaluated all areas proving the technical and qualitative readiness of unit 3 for the introduction of fuel.

Date: Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsslovak-regulator-issues-permit-for-commissioning-of-mochovce-3-8749322

The workshop the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency held jointly last week was very timely because the European Union is at an important juncture, and must consider the role of a variety of energy sources in its electricity mix if it is to achieve its decarbonisation goals, said Massimo Garribba, deputy director general of DG-Energy at the European Commission, adding that those sources include nuclear energy.

Date: Tuesday, 09 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-can-bring-balance-to-climate-debate-says-E

Italy's Enel has announced that its subsidiary Enel Produzione and the Czech company Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) have agreed to a provide additional loans for the completion of Mochovce 3 and 4 in the Slovak Republic, and altered the terms for EPH to eventually buy out Enel's stake in Slovenské elektrárne. They and EP Slovakia BV have signed a new agreement that modifies some of the terms and conditions of the 2015 contract concerning the sale of the stake held by Enel Produzione in the Slovak utility.

Date: Friday, 25 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Mochovce-new-build-project-receives-loan-boost

Unit 2 of Slovakia’s Mochovce nuclear power plant has restarted, following an upgrade, with its power increased from 470MWe to 500MWe, power utility Slovenské elektrárne said on 4 November.

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmochovce-2-restarts-after-power-upgrade-8354398

Igor Matovič said he expects support on the issue from France. Courtesy prime minister of Slovakia/Facebook. Slovakia’s prime minister Igor Matovič intends to set up an alliance of countries using nuclear energy in the European Union, the Slovak newspaper Pravda reported.

“I would like to form an alliance of countries that use nuclear energy. I want us to ensure that nuclear energy is seen as a cross between a source of clean energy and fossil fuels,” Mr Matovič said.

He said he wants to open up the topic with the bloc because there is a big difference when there is a country that has no electricity generated by nuclear power and everything comes from fossil fuels, and then there is a country like us that has plus or minus half the electricity from nuclear power plants. We pretend that nuclear power is as dirty as coal. That is not fair to me,” Mr Matovič said.

He said he expects support on the issue from France, which has a significant domestic nuclear energy industry and a fleet of 56 commercial nuclear reactors, the second highest number in the world behind the US.

Date: Saturday, 10 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/pm-calls-for-european-alliance-of-nuclear-energy-countries-10-4-2020