From the date of its establishment, PURAM actively takes part in the work of working committees and programs of international organisations, such as International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Energy Agency of OECD (OECD NEA), and the European Union (EU). The regulations, guidelines, and recommendations issued by these organisations in the field of nuclear waste management provide important guidance for the Hungarian practice. Our relationship with the International Atomic Energy Agency is of particularly active.
Several workshops were organised in co-operation with IAEA since the time of the establishment of our Agency. In the framework of the Technical Assistance Programs of IAEA, our professionals took part in several expert missions and were involved, on regular basis, in the development of the technical documents of IAEA.
In the framework of the Technical Assistance Program of IAEA, professional assistance was received by the Agency for the preparation of the safety enhancement measures to be introduced for Püspökszilágy waste repository.
A significant role is taken by the Agency in the development, and the presentation to review meetings, of National Reports to be prepared in the framework of a Mutual Agreement on the safe management of spent nuclear fuels and radioactive wastes.
We take part in the supply of data into the IAEA databases. Upon the request of IAEA, we regularly receive foreign fellows showing interest in various fields of the radioactive waste management.
PURAM is a member of the Club of Agencies comprising companies of similar profile within the European Union. The regular annual meetings provide a great forum for the exchange of information.
We are involved in two working committees operating under the aegis of OECD NEA. One of them is aimed at the development of methodology of safety assessments, while the other (Forum of Stakeholders) is supposed to strengthen the confidence of the stakeholders. Both projects are closely related to our running programs. The “Clay Club”, which also operates under OECD NEA, comprises countries, which contemplate disposing of their radioactive wastes, in full or part, in geological repository developed in claystone. Hungary has been a member of this organisation as early as since the nineties. In the recent years, the Agency has actively joined the work of the Club.
Special mention should be made of the Belgian – Hungarian inter-governmental co-operation, in the framework of which we have received consultation assistance for years in the field of radioactive waste management. During the past ten years, several foreign companies and expert, such as AEA Technology, Serco, Enresa, SKB International, Golder Associates, Mott MacDonald, Nagra were involved as co-operating partner in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of our projects, through the above-mentioned international organisations or within a business contract.