position of the authorities has provided an opportunity to carry out a decentralization
reform in recent years, and to devolve more powers than during the entire independence
period. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman at a
meeting of the Regional Development Council with the participation of President
of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday.
that in previous years "not a single step has been made to provide at
least 10% of the opportunities for the communities, districts, areas in
comparison to what they have today." "In fact, this unification has
given us chances to shape the position of the Government and Parliament to
support initiatives enabling introduction of the decentralization process",
said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister accentuated that the President had
agreed, supported, and even headed devolving powers, adding that in the reform
of decentralization "there are effective mechanisms that will allow us to
achieve a breakthrough".
He stressed that many years of "double-talk and
populist rhetoric" had driven the country into a precarious situation, so that
it proved necessary to take a lot of difficult decisions that hadn’t been taken
for the years of pursuing a non-professional policy.