The Government of Ukraine is doing everything necessary to ensure
decentralization of power. “We have endorsed dozens of decisions enabling local
communities to feel larger freedom,” the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk emphasized during the Second National Unity Roundtable in Kharkiv, on
Saturday, May 17.
reminded the authority from the State Architecture and Building Inspection would
be handed over to the regions, during the Government’s session on May 16 a
decision had been approved to hand over to the local communities the authorities
to provide administrative services and a draft bill on the state regional
policy had been endorsed: “But principal thing in the issue of decentralization
is amending the Constitution. There won’t be decentralization without the new
Constitution, there will be illusion. That’s precisely why it is crucial to
gather 300 votes in the Parliament to carry out real constitutional reform,” the
Prime Minister stressed.
to him, the constitutional reform should be carried out “in the most transparent
format to make people understand what will be written in Ukrainian Constitution
and what directly will change”.
support the decision taken recently by the temporary special commission of the Parliament
concerning the first model of possible changes to the Constitution. After that
it should be sent to the Venice Commission to receive expert conclusions, then discussed again through an inclusive national dialog,
and by the constitutional majority this document should be approved,” the Head
of Government underlined.
discussion Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized Ukraine is subjected to the attempts “to
partition and hold feudalization instead of federalization”: “We had one
Yanukovych, now someone wants 27 “Yanukovyches” to
rule the regions”.
as a citizen is I will stand up against that to the bitter end. Ukraine will
never be divided. Ukraine should be a single unitary state with broad
authorities given to the regions, but not small enclaves in which each
businessman would buy local council, local executive committee for himself and
small Abkhazias, Ossetias, Transnistrias on the territory of Ukraine,” Arseniy