ROSATOM builds up its activity as a socially responsible company which sustainable development works forward to wellbeing of host regions and territories of its enterprises. Much attention is paid to build up communication with regional administrations, public organizations and environmentalists, education establishments in regions that host nuclear facilities. In particular, it conducts regional dialogue forums to discuss social and economic development of nuclear host territories, prospects and programs of nuclear productions, nuclear and radiation safety ensuring as well as issues of radioactive waste (RAW) and spent nuclear fuel (SNF) management with representatives of the public and regional authorities. This activity is coordinated by ROSATOM’ Department for Liaison with Regions. The Public Council of ROSATOM actively participates in this initiative.
It is worth noting that ROSATOM greatly influences the generation of revenues of host territories. Tax payments to budgets at all levels (RUB 188.2 billion following the results of 2018) and creation of jobs at sectoral enterprises and allied industries, which ensure decent remuneration, all these, in many respects, determines ROSATOM’s significance for 37 host regions (over 70 municipalities).
In addition, annually, local authorities receive support in implementation of regional- and national-scale programs in different areas: ecology, health care, sports, culture, education and social protection. In particular, ROSATOM’s companies pull their fair weight in preservation of cultural and historical heritage, renovation of churches and monuments. “Rosatom School” competition provides the introduction of best practices and new standards of Russian education in the activities of kindergartens, schools and lyceums in the territory of the industry enterprises.
ROSATOM’s largest companies determine socioeconomic situation in 10 cities located close to nuclear power plants and the same number of closed administrative territorial formations (CATF). ROSATOM takes a special part in development of CATFs (with entry restrictions); thus, it closely cooperates with the CATF Association (‘Closed Cities Association’). The members of the Association are Zarechny (Penza Region), Zheleznogorsk and Zelenogorsk (Krasnoyarsk Region), Lesnoy and Novouralsk (Sverdlovsk Region), Ozersk (Chelyabinsk Region), Sarov (Nizhniy Novgorod Region), Seversk (Tomsk Region), Snezhinsk (Chelyabinsk Region) and Trekhgorny (Chelyabinsk Region). The main goal of this cooperation is the improvement of legal mechanisms for CATF functioning and improvement of conditions for development of small and medium businesses in these cities. The Association activity facilitates involvement of non-governmental organizations and local authorities in the joint effort to form positive socioeconomic situation in the nuclear host regions.
Since 2014, jointly with Russian Federal Subjects and municipalities, the activities have been carried out to create priority development areas in nuclear host cities (PDA is a an economic zone with privileged tax treatment, simplified administrative procedures and other reliefs build up for attraction of investments). Krasnokamensk was the first to receive the status of PDA on July 16, 2016. In 2017, Dimitrovgrad and CATF Sarov got this status. In the first quarter of 2018, three at once PDAs were created in CATFs Zheleznogorsk, Ozersk and Snezhinsk. Zarechny of Penza Region got the PDA status on July 5, 2018. In February 2019, the status of the priority development area was given to four more ROSATOM’s host cities: Glazov (Udmurt Republic), Lesnoy (Sverdlov Region), Novouralsk (Sverdlov Region) and Seversk (Tomsk Region).