entering a crucial stage in the development of the state - amendments to the
Constitution of Ukraine that will strengthen local self-government," Vice
Prime Minister - Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities
of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko said in the program "Freedom of speech "on ICTV channel.
surprised when someone says the President endeavours to usurp power via these changes. For
the first time, we are able to give power to the regions, to resolve this issue
means to take authority and receive functions," the Vice Prime Minister of
Hennadii Zubko said that President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio also urged Ukraine to
amend the Constitution in terms of decentralization.
"We have a
historic chance to become an equal partner of the European family. I call on
everyone to put aside politics. I want to encourage politicians to take the
state’s position without thinking about their place after the reform, and to
see the country," the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine said.
reminded that Ukraine had joined the European Charter of Local Self-Government
17 years ago, "but all this time there were just words about to whom transfer
this power - whether from the President to the Parliament, or vice virsa."
first time, it’s currently about the transfer of power to the local level -
where decisions are being made, where there is responsibility and where it’s
possible to change the quality of life," he stressed.
Hennadii Zubko noted that the main goal is not decentralization
itself but regional development: "It will allow Ukrainians to decide on
the ground which investor to attract, what and where to build, how to spend the
budget, how to hire an effective manager that will be engage in local issues."