Today, July 20, 2021, SE NNEGC «Energoatom» and satellite cities of Ukrainian nuclear power plants – Energodar, Varash, Netishyn, Yuzhnoukrainsk – signed a memorandum of cooperation.
The agreement was concluded in the conference hall of the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company. On behalf of Energoatom, the document was signed by Acting President Petro Kotin, on behalf of satellite cities – by mayors: Dmytro Orlov (Energodar), Olexandr Menzul (Varash), Olexandr Suprunyuk (Netishyn) and Valerii Onufriyenko (Yuzhnoukrainsk).
The event was also attended by the heads of four nuclear power plants: Acting General Director of Zaporizhzhya NPP Dmytro Verbytskyi, Acting General Director of South-Ukraine NPP Ihor Polovych, General Directors of Rivne NPP Pavlo Pavlyshyn and Khmelnytsky NPP Andriy Kozyura.
«It is extremely important for us to strengthen cooperation to eliminate communication problems and coordinate work on addressing urgent issues of social and economic development of satellite cities and nuclear energy enterprises», said the head of Energoatom Petro Kotin.
According to him, Energoatom's longstanding successful operation has made it possible to create much better living conditions in satellite cities of more than 200,000 Ukrainian citizens and to achieve higher rates of economic development and social security than in many other Ukrainian cities. The average monthly salary of nuclear power workers is twice or even three times higher than the average salary in Ukraine. Therefore, labor migration and unemployment rates are much lower here.
An integrated approach to addressing the acute issues of satellite cities is one of the components of Energoatom's social policy. «During the last three years, the Company has spent almost 900 million hryvnias on the maintenance and operation of housing-and-municipal and socio-cultural facilities», the head of NNEGC said.
In turn, mayors and nuclear power plant managers outlined several issues that need to be addressed by NNEGC:
- return of a 30 percent allowance on electricity bills for citizens living in the 30-kilometer zone of Ukrainian nuclear power plants (this refers not only to residents of satellite cities, but also to residents of numerous villages where gas is not supplied due to proximity to nuclear power plants);
- debts to public utility companies and nuclear power plants that have accumulated over the years;
- improving the funding of local hospitals and primary healthcare units (in particular, all cities now need modern mammography devices, etc.);
- development of infrastructural and socially significant projects at the level of local communities.
Within the framework of the signed memorandum, a Coordination Council will be established, which will include representatives of Energoatom, nuclear power plants and local governments of the NPP satellite cities. The Coordination Council will address such urgent issues:
- effective cooperation with public authorities for joint protection of the interests of satellite cities and nuclear power plants;
- joint preparation and implementation of programs and projects of socio-economic development of satellite cities and their synchronization at the state, regional and local levels;
- addressing other issues, especially in the field of housing and utility services;
- awareness-raising activities on investment projects and development programs of NNEGC «Energoatom».
«Cooperation within the Coordinating Council will significantly improve the interaction between the city authorities and Energoatom for the development of social, economic, cultural and sports programs aimed at improving the quality of life in the satellite cities of nuclear power plants», summed up Petro Kotin.