Exchange of Experience Leaders of the Chornobyl Center participated in the 2nd International Conference “Decommissioning – Social and Economic Changes”

The 2nd International Conference on Business Capacity Development and Economic Regeneration ”Decommissioning – Social and Economic Change” was held on October 5-7, 2005 in Kozloduy, Bulgaria.

The Conference was organized by the municipality of Kozloduy town and Kozloduy NPP under financial support of the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) within the framework of the UK Programme Addressing the Social Consequences of Nuclear Power Plant Closures in Central and Eastern Europe.

Supported by the DTI, a delegation from Slavutych participates in such conferences on a permanent basis. The experience of Slavutych in addressing economic and social problems related to the Chornobyl NPP closure traditionally attracts much interest of the forum delegates. During the conference, Yevgen Garin, Coordinating Director of the Chornobyl Center, reported about mitigation of the social and economic aftermath of the ChNPP closure by way of creating compensative jobs for highly qualified staff of the plant. Elena Ladyzheva, Director for Economy, shared the Chornobyl Center’s experience in achieving financial and economic stability.
During the plenary and section meetings of the conference, the following issues were discussed: NPP units decommissioning, role of human resources management at NPP, social programs of NGOs. Opportunities resulting from nuclear facilities decommissioning were also considered. The Conference participants shared their experience in developing local labor recourses, regional development agencies and business-incubators.
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There are six units of Soviet design (4 WWER-440 reactors and 2 WWER-1000 reactors) on the Kozloduy NPP site. In autumn 1999, the memorandum between the European Union and Bulgaria was signed in Sofia. Among the other agreements of this memorandum it was foreseen to close Kozloduy NPP Units 1-4. Units 1 and 2 were shut down at the end of December in 2002. 4 units are still in operation.