Tamás Schanda, State Secretary at the Innovation and Technology Ministry, has confirmed that the government has submitted a bill to parliament that would make the National Atomic Energy Office (OAH) independent of the executive branch from 2022.
The state secretary told Magyar Nemzet that the OAH’s transformation would create a strong authority free from outside influence. Schanda said the European Commission had often raised questions over government control over the office and had emphasized the need for its independence.
Schanda added that as an independent regulatory body, the OAH would obtain independent legal status and would be overseen by parliament under the bill. He said that the OAH would enjoy the highest degree of independence in accordance with its functions, as well as greater organizational, regulatory and budgetary autonomy.