The Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities
summoned a meeting with the participation of experts and representatives of
central executive authorities to discuss a draft Action Plan for 2015 – 2017 to
implement the National Regional Development Strategy.
"Regional development is our joint responsibility. In synergy we
have to offer and launch as fast as possible a new system of inter-branch
relations and document flow associated with the state regional policy. A clear
government policy and proper planning will enable us, first, not to waste funds
from our European partners allocated almost a year ago, and secondly, to
provide opportunities to extend financing of regional development projects in
the future," said Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction,
Housing and Utilities Viacheslav Negoda
in his address.
He reminded that Ukraine and the EU had signed an Agreement on financing the
Sector Policy Support Programme
Support to Ukraine's Regional Policy, which
entered into force on 27 November 2014. The Agreement envisages granting to Ukraine
EUR 55 million for regional development purposes. To receive the first tranche
of funding before the first half of 2015, the Government should develop and
approve the Action Plan on realization of the National Regional Development
Strategy until 2020.
According to the experts of the Ministry of Regional Development, the
elaborated Action Plan was designed taking into account methods and experience
of the European Union, it envisages stable financing of programs and projects
of regional development, including sector budget support.
"The document contains an organizational plan that describes the
activities, funding sources, deadlines, responsible authorities and indicators
to evaluate the effectiveness of implementation of measures. In addition, we
divided all the projects of regional development into five distinct programs to
implement on the basis of regional development projects, which determination of
appropriate budgetary funding on a competitive basis," explained Director
of the Regional Development Department of the Ministry of Regional Development,
Construction, Housing and Utilities Yelena Kucherenko.
According to her, a format of the document is innovative and differs
significantly from the format of such documents traditionally approved in the past, therefore, it requires careful consideration by all executive
All ministries should offer their recommendations and conclusions
regarding the drafted Plan to submit the document to the Cabinet of Ministers