The European Union is ready to provide to Ukraine 90 million euros aimed for decentralization projects. EU Commissioner
for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn announced during a
meeting with Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development,
Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii
According to Johannes Hahn, now it is crucial to establish cooperation
between Ukrainian and European experts in order to determine specific projects
to be financed from these funds.
Hennadii Zubko stressed that
the Ukrainian side offers to set up 40 sub-regional groups to support reforms
as part of the technical assistance to Reform Offices, including the allocation
of considerable finance to maintain ties with the society and to train: "Such
groups will provide technical assistance through training of local authorities
at all levels. In addition, the teams will also coordinate the training of the
newly elected MPs and civil servants regarding their new managing responsibilities".
"Another direction the EU funds will be spent to is enhancement of
the State Fund of Regional Development, especially taking into account the additional
investment needs to establish and enlarge services of the united
communities," said Hennadii Zubko.
The Vice Prime Minister stressed that Ukraine counts on the support of
the European partners and the provision of expert assistance in the adaptation
and implementation of new legislation in regional policy.
"We are interested in creating a network of agencies or offices to
train staff in the regions to ensure elaboration and implementation of regional
development projects, including project analysis and management of investment
projects", said the official.
"Ukraine relies on expert assistance of the European partners in the
process of amending the Constitution of Ukraine. For us it is also crucial facilitation
in the development of a package of laws on decentralization in 22 areas,
especially basic laws on self-government, the prefects, administrative and
territorial structure, land relations, tax and budget laws, social standards,
administrative services, local police", accentuated