The Government intends to intensify the decentralization
reform and local government in the country and is planning to introduce a
number of tools the following year to ensure the continued growth of local
budgets. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during
the Forum of Consolidated Communities "Decentralization: New Opportunities"
"You have the Government’s support. I want to assure
you that everything depending on me, as Prime Minister, and the Government,
will be done to reinforce the reform of power decentralization, to strengthen
local governance", said the Prime Minister to the members of the consolidated
communities present at the Forum.
"It's important for us to build a system that will give
everyone the right and opportunities for development," he said.
For the following year it was budgeted UAH 9 billion as
additional resources to support regional development. Apart from that, the
Government has first established the State Regional Development Fund as an
automatic mechanism. In addition, the system of financial decentralization has
In this context, Volodymyr Groysman noted that local budgets
for the past two years had grown by 50% or more. The following year, the
Government forecasts an inflow in their revenues by 25% more.
Throughout 11 months of the current year the revenues of
local budgets have upped by over UAH 44 billion, he stressed.
"When I see that before territorial communities amalgamated the budget of such a
community per capita was UAH 600, and today it makes up UAH 2 thousand, I say
it is very good that the budgets have grown. But there's good news: this is just
the beginning. Further there will be more resources, more opportunities and
more advantages. But all these depend on the serious, systematic work", urged
the Head of Government.
Speaking of directions to use additional resources, the
Prime Minister noted that the current objective was in particular creating of efficient
healthcare and education systems.
"We must stop playing populism but, instead, establish
an advanced Ukrainian school, ensure competitiveness of every child who attends
secondary school, provide with knowledge and abilities to be successful. Your
leadership here is crucial," emphasized Volodymyr Groysman.
Minister thanked the leaders of the consolidated territorial communities for the
courage to assume responsibility and encouraged to keep the lead and prolong
changes that would make their success a reality.
long as I'm Prime Minister, as long as decisions of the Government depend on me,
I will not let anyone to destroy the system of power decentralization", stressed