Vitalii Petruk: "In order to improve the quality of service of visitors to the Exclusion Zone, it is necessary to adhere in cooperation with companies to all the legislative principles of competition"
Each year, the Exclusion Zone attracts more and more visitors. Thus, over recent years, the number of study visits has increased by almost 6 times (from 8404 visitors in 2014 to 49,758 in 2017). At the same time, staying in this territory has its own features and is regulated by the Law of Ukraine "On the legal regime of the territory that was exposed to radioactive contamination as a result of the Chornobyl accident" and the Procedure for visiting the exclusion zone and the zone of unconditional (mandatory) resettlement, approved by the order of the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine from 02 November 2011, No. 1157.
"In 2010, it was decided to organize visits to the Exclusion Zone to spread knowledge about the Chornobyl accident and its consequences. We are open to dialogue with companies that are ready to provide such services, as the number of those wishing to visit the Exclusion Zone is growing. However, since it is a radioactively contaminated site, each company must, without exception, comply with the rules of visiting the zone," - Vitalii Petruk, the Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, emphasizes.
Any visit to the Exclusion Zone takes place with the permission of the SAUEZM, on a specified route and accompanied by the responsible persons. Organization of visits with deviations from the surveyed dosimetry routes is strictly prohibited, as this may lead to a violation of the radiation safety regime. Today, travel companies and public organizations are involved in organizing study visits to the Exclusion Zone for citizens of Ukraine and foreigners.
In order to improve the quality of service of visitors to the Exclusion Zone, it is necessary to adhere in cooperation with companies to all the legislative principles of competition including the Law of Ukraine" On Protection against Unfair Competition," - Vitalii Petruk emphasizes.