The course of a local
self-government reform in Ukraine and prospects of development of local
communities were the topics for the discussion at a meeting of Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development,
Construction, Housing and Utilities Volodymyr Groysman and Under-Secretary
of the UK Parliament, Department for Communities and Local Government Lord
Ahmad of Wimbledon.
Lord Ahmad arrived to Ukraine to participate in a
"Municipal consolidation in Europe: trends and solutions to amalgamation and cooperation", organized by the Ministry of Regional Development and the
Council of Europe and held on 25-26 September in Kyiv.
He stressed that the UK supports Ukraine's aspirations for independence
and sovereignty on the way of overcoming
the Russian aggression. According to him, Britain played an important role in imposing
by European countries of sanctions
against Russia. The Under-Secretary
welcomed the plans
of Ukraine to introduce reforms.
"For the UK and Ukraine such values are common," he said.
In turn, Volodymyr Groysman noted that the President of Ukraine and the
Ukrainian Government is determined to implement reforms, in particular, in decentralization
of power, finance area, local self-government. Problems exist at the level of
Parliament is not capable to make decisions on reforms, so the President of
Ukraine decided to terminate the powers of the Verkhovna Rada, and the country is
preparing for the snap elections", - he stressed.
According to Volodymyr
Groysman, each community - even a small one - should
be involved in the economic life of the country, but through excessive
centralization of power we have a counter effect.
“Just imagine that
people who possess a real storage of opportunities, initiatives, in fact, appear
excluded from the life of the country. It is similar to the situation when the
best fertile soils aren’t sown in the period of food shortages,” Volodymyr Groysman said.
The parties agreed
that the transfer of powers to the local authorities should be accompanied by transparent activities and responsibility of communities.
responsibility are the essential principles which must be the basis to build a system
of local self-government in Ukraine on", - said Vice Prime Minister.