transparency and accountability of local governments to their communities will improve
the quality of their governance. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stressed
during the opening of the USAID- funded program Decentralization
Offering Better Results and Efficiency (DOBRE) on Tuesday.
we have to do? To teach and help consolidated communities,
local governments to be effective, to be accountable, and transparent.
This will be the key to your success. I think that the country doesn’t have another
way", noted Volodymyr Groysman.
The Head of
Government emphasized that in the framework of decentralization and local
government reform relevant conditions had been created - those providing an
opportunity for each particular authority to efficiently resolve pressing problems.
"It’s impossible for the central government to decide
where and what road to build, and where and what building to repair. This issue
must be settled and financed at the local level," he said.
In this regard, the Prime Minister stressed that due to
financial decentralization the country's budget system had been completely
changed which led to creating of tools of the financial sustainability of local
According to Volodymyr
Groysman, it is crucial here the distribution of authority among the
executive bodies at different levels, as envisaged in the concept of local
government reform. Thus, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine should focus on
nationwide issues, public policy, while local authorities at the level of
regions, districts, communities must have their competencies.
However, the Prime Minister stressed that the demand of today
is to give new impetus and dynamics to the decentralization reform. "We
can't act on that reserve, we created back in 2014. We need new tools, new
solutions, we should move ahead", said the Prime Minister.
"This model can lead to a success. Such a structure of
cooperation between local and central governments will ensure our success, efficient
economic development, high quality service", stressed the Head of
Government, speaking about the decentralization reform.