A reform of devolution of powers and consolidation of
territorial communities of Ukraine should prolong and develop, thereby ensuring
the effectiveness and sustainability of the communities in the country. This
was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman in his opening
statement at the International Mayors Congress on Monday.
"We should move ahead. We must fight for this reform,
as this reform will eventually lead you to success. Your success is measured by
very specific things – satisfaction with quality of life in your communities.
It is very important for us not to leave the chosen path," said Volodymyr
Groysman appealing to mayors.
The Prime Minister stressed that since the beginning of the
decentralization reforms in Ukraine there had been made the following
achievements: devolved finance, powers and provided opportunities for the
communities to develop.
Hence, by now in Ukraine there have been formed 184
consolidated communities, another 184 CCs have scheduled elections for 11 and
18 December. "The process is in progress and no one can stop that,"
said the Head of Government.
He noted that communities that had decided to unite remain
independent and preserve their territory, but get the financial resource to
raise the efficiency in solving problems urgent for their community. Thus, the
budgets of certain consolidated communities in Ukraine have increased
"This means that they obtain money to be effective, to
create normal conditions for education, for healthcare, to build roads, upgrade
local infrastructure, create additional services that improve the quality of
life", noted the Prime Minister.
In the Budget for 2017 the Government has planned to
preserve financial decentralization, said Volodymyr Groysman. In this regard,
he stressed that along with increase of financing there should grow the powers
and responsibility of local authorities. "It is impossible that we have
devolved finance down but powers remained in the centre," said the PM.
The Head of Government reminded that he had initiated the
power decentralization reform since the current Government had assumed office
in 2014. The first document that triggered the reform was a concept of local
governance reform that contained the main objectives of the reform, such as:
devolution of authority, resources and responsibilities down to the local
There has also been initiated a process of voluntary
consolidation of territorial communities due to the adoption of appropriate
law, thus ensuring self-reliance in communities.
According to him, efficient local governance is the basis
for any democratic and developed country.
The Head of Government urged the mayors to remain leaders,
be innovative and implement best practices that will be evaluated by people.
"In the center of all the
processes is the person who elects us, who trusts us and wants to get the
result. Anyone who votes for us invests into changes in his life,"
stressed Volodymyr Groysman in his remark to city mayors.
"I have always been and still remain an absolute
supporter of power decentralization in Ukraine and the strengthening of local
governance towards being effective, responsible and open", assured the