An exhibition supported by ROSATOM marks the 60th anniversary of the Czech-Russian nuclear cooperation in the Czech Republic


An exhibition dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Czech-Russian nuclear cooperation was opened in the Czech town of Třebíč in the vicinity of the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant on 30 September 2015. The exhibition was organized by the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM, the Dukovany NPP, the NGO “Třebíč Energy Region” and Třebíč Regional Economic Chamber.

The event was attended by Senator Miloš Vystrčil, chairman of the Regional Development and Environment Committee of the Upper House of the Chech Parliament, former Senator Vítězslav Jonáš, ex-mayor of the city Dukovany and chairman of the Třebíč Energy Region, the mayor of Třebíč Pavel Janata, the spokesman for the Dukovany NPP, Jan Bezdek, the chairman of the regional Chamber of Commerce Trebic, Richard Gorki, the former CEO of the Dukovany NPP, former director of the Central European branch of WANO and head of the Public Safety Commission Aleš John, and others.

"This year, the Czech and Slovak Republics celebrate the 60th anniversary of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, which began with the signing of the agreement between Czechoslovakia and the USSR on 23 April 1955" - Vítězslav Jonáš recalled in his speech. In this agreement the Soviet Union undertook to assist the peaceful use of the atom in Czechoslovakia. The agreement gave the impetus to the rapid development of nuclear energy, industry and science in Czechoslovakia and it also facilitated the participation of Czech enterprises in international projects.

"Thanks to the nuclear energy, which began to develop rapidly 60 years ago within the framework of the agreement, we have managed to create excellent technical higher education and a whole industry. The Czech companies have experience in the construction of nuclear power plants, Czech experts and businesses are recognized all over the world. About 40% of the electricity is produced by nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic and I believe this will remain in that way in the future as well "- said Aleš John. He also stressed the continuity of the Czech-Russian cooperation in the nuclear field during six decades.

"The high level of scientific competence and expertise of Czech engineers and scientists, as well as the professionalism of the employees of our industry predetermined to some extent the decision of the former Soviet Union to choose our Republic as an important partner in its efforts to develop nuclear energy. Now it is our responsibility to maintain and develop our traditional advantages in the intellectual and industrial sphere", - said Senator Miloš Vystrčil.   The mayor of Třebíč, Pavel Janata stressed that the Dukovany NPP equipped with VVER-440 reactors, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is one of the most reliable nuclear power plant in the world and it enjoys the support of the inhabitants of the whole region. "We believe in the construction of the 5th unit of Dukovany NPP, which will provide the development of energy in our region", - said Janata.


Source: Press Service of Rosatom International Network