We expect that the Parliament will support the laws on decentralization
this autumn. This is a key reform carried out within the country. The approval
of these laws is much expected by our European partners, experts, and most
importantly – by ordinary Ukrainian citizens that demonstrate support for this
reform by creating communities. Vice Prime Minister/ Minister of Regional
Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii
Zubko announced at a briefing on September 5.
"Now we have over 10 bills that are awaiting
to be adopted in the first or second reading. They were elaborated to address
such issues as the voluntary association of territorial communities; transferring
payment for providing administrative services to the budgets of the united
territorial communities (UTC); the empowerment of communities to dispose of the
lands beyond the settlements; the elections of prefects and others. People need
the parliamentary support of decentralization. We are looking forward to the productive
session of the Verkhovna Rada", said Hennadii Zubko.
that apart from 159 communities that had been created the previous year, the
current year there took place 25 elections. "Today, 80 united territorial
communities are waiting for a decision of the CEC (Central Election Commission)
regarding the announcement of first elections. Until the end of year we can
have in general additional 180 communities that can go to the polls. We also hope
that this week the Government will adopt a decree which envisages the funding
planned for the election of MPs to be directed to the elections in the united
communities", stressed Hennadii Zubko.