The core problems of a
public administration system - bureaucracy, irresponsibility and centralization,
"Our answer is decentralization, deregulation, de-bureaucratization and
responsibility of each government official," stressed Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the course of presentation of the Action Program of
the Cabinet of Ministers at the Cabinet’s meeting on Tuesday, December 9.
The Head of Government accentuated the need to
reduce the number of areas of
convergence between business
"Primarily, Ukrainian state authorities should meet the standards that exist in the European Union. Together with the EU we have
set up the Support
Ukraine, with hundreds of experts working in it, who are capable to provide
us with an opportunity to completely
reload the public governance system in Ukraine, starting with the Cabinet of
Ministers of Ukraine and the relevant ministries and ending with various central government
agencies, regulatory bodies and local authorities", he stressed.
In the Action Program
the Government has envisaged the completion of a process of reducing supervisory
bodies, "28 out of 56 regulatory authorities shall remain in a first
stage. The Government has approved a corresponding decision, now we should ensure
implementation of the decision".
Moreover, the Government
decided to reduce in a first stage the number of supervisory functions from
1032 to 680, “In the next stage we will make changes to license laws, a
separate package of deregulation laws, called to maximally eliminate all exaggerated
functions of Ukrainian officials and to bring them to compliance with the
standards and criteria of the European Union".
The Action Program contains
specific draft laws and deadlines to approve these laws, "We lack time for
a long discussion there, so it must be the first half of 2015”.
issue we officially declare that Ukraine abolished the Soviet-time state standards",
he said and informed that following the Association Agreement between Ukraine
and the EU there will be introduced 1500 new standards, "We will have to spend
a lot of time, as it is a complex technical work. And that is why we have set the
deadline till 2016. These are optimistic deadlines which must be met".
In the framework of
fiscal decentralization the Government, according to the PM, hands over a
number of fiscal and taxation powers to local self-government bodies, "With
the money we will give them responsibility, as rights always imply
"We believe the
Parliament will support fiscal decentralization, which is offered by the
Government and has been discussed with the Association of Cities and local
authorities. I emphasize that it is the first stage – there is no limit to
perfection. But this first phase should be implemented," he added.
program also offers opening of local "transparent offices". Arseniy
Yatsenyuk reminded that a corresponding decision of the Cabinet of Ministers had
already been adopted, "It is the responsibility of local authorities and
local state administrations. We require from the local authorities in 2015
together with the Government, to finally complete a section of an
administrative reform – upgrading of administrative services and opening of transparent
Apart from that, Arseniy
Yatsenyuk informed that the Government plans further reduction of the state
apparatus, "This year we have cut the state apparatus by 28 thousand
officials. We will follow the path of shortening the public sector, and we have
set a target for 2015 - by another 10%. At this, an increase
of salaries for the public sector as a whole. It concerns not just
officials, but all the people who work in the public sector - teachers,
doctors, all those who receive funds from the budget and serve for the
"Reducing the quantity
and increasing efficiency and wages - this is the path we have chosen," said
the Head of Government.
Concerning refresh of
cadres, he noted "We have a new Government, there has never existed such a
Government in the history of Ukraine: completely new, bright people with a
different vision. But making changes at a Government’s level is not enough. Similar
changes must be carried in each ministry, in each department, in each
administration both on a regional and district levels, and in all authorities
With this aim in the
first quarter of 2015 the Government introduces a new draft law on civil
service, “which envisages a transparent competitive selection of government
officials and introduces a procedure of accountability of government officials
for the failure to fulfil their legitimate functions."
also informed that the Government's Action Program provides for the
introduction of e-governance. According to him, Ukraine will receive the
support of European partners here, “primarily of Estonia that did an exemplary
pilot project of e-governance”, “We must abandon the tons of paper that circulates
the ministries. We have set an ambitious goal - transition to e-government exceptionally,
and it envisages an ID for everyone in Ukraine, a digital signature and an electronic
The first stage of
e-governance must be completed in 2016, according to the Prime Minister.