The 66th annual session of the IAEA General Conference begins

The 66th Regular Annual Session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be held from 26 to 30 September 2022 in Vienna, Austria. The head of the Bulgarian delegation is the chairman of the BNRA, Mr. Tsanko Bachiyski. The delegation also includes Mr. Elenko Bozhkov, Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. Ivan Andreev, CEO of BEH EAD, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Kozloduy NPP EAD, SERAW. The IAEA General Conference is the main political forum within which the 175 member countries of the organization adopt the main documents for its activities – the Agency’s budget and relevant resolutions in the field of nuclear safety and security, technical cooperation, nuclear science, technology and application of nuclear methods, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Safeguard system under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, etc. During the session, Mr. Baichiyski, as well as the heads of the other delegations, will deliver the national speech on behalf of the Republic of Bulgaria. Our country is expected to be nominated as a member of the Board of Governors of the IAEA for the period 2022-2024. Outside the plenary session, members of the Bulgarian delegation will hold meetings with representatives of US industry led by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Commerce Dr. Monica Gorman, with the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Tomáš Ehler and with the French companies EDF and Framatome. The Chairman of the BNRA, Mr. Bachiyski, will also have meetings with the heads of the regulatory bodies of the USA, Hungary and Türkiye, with the Deputy Director General of the IAEA and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, Ms. Lydie Evrard, and with the Deputy Director of DG  Energy of the European Commission Mr. Massimo Garribba.