A nuclear cooperation agreement has been established between Hungary and Slovakia, with the main goal of coordinating participation in nuclear developments to enable the application of the latest technologies as soon as possible, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced in Bratislava on Wednesday, 27 September.
According to the ministry’s statement, the minister signed the aforementioned agreement with the Slovak Minister of Economy, Peter Dovhun, which stipulates that the two countries will coordinate their involvement in nuclear developments.
‘This will help us apply these new technologies in our national energy mix as soon as possible,’ Péter Szijjártó stated. He emphasized that
increasing nuclear capacity is the best solution to the European energy supply crisis,
as nuclear power plants can produce large amounts of electricity inexpensively and safely. Furthermore, as he pointed out, nuclear energy can be considered environmentally friendly, as evidenced by the fact that the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant will be able to offset the annual emission of 17 million tons of carbon dioxide.
Minister Szijjártó also warned that there are still ‘very serious attacks’ against nuclear energy in Europe.
‘There are still significant ideological and political efforts to disadvantage nuclear energy and take away the possibility of using nuclear energy from those countries that heavily rely on it,’ he emphasized. ‘This is the case for both Hungary and Slovakia. In both countries, nuclear energy plays a significant role in ensuring energy security. Giving up nuclear energy would be contrary to our national interests,’ he added.
The minister went on to point out that extraordinary technological developments are taking place in the industry.
‘It is in our interest to be part of these developments, to see what processes are taking place, and to be able to use next-generation nuclear solutions in the future to ensure our energy supply and security,’ he said. ‘Nuclear energy provides a solution to the European energy crisis, and it is good news that we can now coordinate our efforts in this regard with our neighbours,’ Minister Szijjártó concluded.
Source: Hungarian Conservative/KKM/MTI