29th regular bilateral meeting of the Czech Republic and Austria

Czech delegation organized a regular bilateral meeting, due to the COVID-19 pandemic as a videoconference. The bilateral meeting was held on 25 November 2020 and delegations discussed primarily issues related to nuclear safety. The bilateral meeting was organized in the framework of the Agreement between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Government of the Republic of Austria to Settle Issues of Common Interest in Connection with Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection.

The Czech delegation was led by the the Deputy Head of the Section for Management and Technical Support, State Office for Nuclear Safety, Mr. Michal Merxbauer, the Austrian delegation was led by Mr. Ronald Sturm, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. Both delegations comprised also representatives of other ministries, institutions and other experts.

The delegations informed each other of the latest developments in the areas of nuclear safety, legislation and about the operation of nuclear facilities. The Czech delegation presented, among others, updated information on the preparation of Nuclear New Build and informed about the process of evaluation of potential sites for the Deep Geological Repository. Both delegations exchanged their experience concerning the pandemic of COVID-19.

The meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere and comprised lively discussion.