Official: Paks data handling conforms with Hungarian, international laws


Attila Aszódi, the commissioner in charge of the expansion of Hungary’s sole nuclear plant in Paks, said that making the contract details of the expansion confidential for 30 years is in accordance with both Hungarian and European Union laws, adding that the head of the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Attila Petérfalvy, had been consulted prior to the classification.

“Altogether 69 nuclear reactor blocks are being built around the world and none of the associated contracts have been made public,” the commissioner insisted. In addition to the obvious technical and security aspects, there are trade secrets, he said, adding that procurement tenders laid down in the contract would take place only in the future.

Hungary's technical, security and trade preferences and strategies would be identifiable from the contracts as well as information on the preparatory phase. Hungary's decision-making alternatives could be revealed and this would harm the country's interests, Aszódi said.

Commenting on Transparency International's (TI) call for a constitutional review of the law on data handling and a request for access to data that formed the basis of decisions, Aszódi said he would ask TI to reveal its findings in connection with all the 69 ongoing nuclear power station expansion projects around the world.


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