About 80 per cent
of participants of today's public hearings on the issues of amendments to the
Constitution of Ukraine, which took place during the parliamentary session of
the Verkhovna Rada of
Ukraine, support the local government reform aimed at creating all the
necessary conditions for the functioning of territorial communities, Vice-Prime
Minister - Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and
Utilities Volodymyr Hroisman
He stressed that
"the Government is now working on the removal of all restrictions that
were imposed on local government in recent years both in the budget sphere and
in the sphere of administrative services." Transmission
of broad powers and financial resources from the center to the community level
will enable every community, every city, village, settlement to develop in the
direction that it chooses for itself.
territorial communities and each their representative had involvement in
qualitative changes in the country," he stressed.
Volodymyr Hroisman reported on developments of a number of
legislative initiatives related to the successful development of territorial
communities - in particular, changes to the Budget Code, the draft laws on
voluntary association and cooperation of territorial communities that will
enable them to combine efforts and resources in order to achieve common goals.
that the budget policy for 2015 laid the point that part of the national taxes
remain local communities. "This will enable
communities to become more independent and solve more urgent issues they face," he added.
According to the
Vice-Prime Minister, when it comes to the elimination of regional and district
administrations in the context of territorial organization of power, then the
reform provides for the creation of executive committees of regional and
district councils, which in contrast to the state administration will be
elected bodies and will be fully accountable to and controlled
by local communities.
It is assumed
that such a system, according to Volodymyr Hroisman, will start working in the autumn of 2015.
Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Acting
President of Ukraine
Oleksandr Turchynov noted that all proposals
that were announced during the public hearings on the issues of discussion of
amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, will be
elaborated by the parliamentary commission. He
said a regular
meeting of the Verkhovna Rada
of Ukraine will be held on May 6.
Let’s remind that
Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk
at today's meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine stressed that the Government insists on
amending the Constitution to create a real balance of power between the
Government, the Parliament and the judiciary and the activity of the President.
to him, the main purpose of amending the Constitution - "is not a struggle
for power but the distribution of power": "That is why Ukraine has
rebelled- because power was concentrated in the hands of one person. Constitutional
concentration of power in the hands of one person led to the crimes committed
by the person, who held the title of President of Ukraine, against the people
of Ukraine. "