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Ukraine is approaching the decentralization reform equator, assures Hennadii Zubko
04.12.2017 | 17:23

Ukraine is approaching the decentralization reform equator as evidenced by erected kindergartens, hub schools or built kilometers of new road infrastructure, but above all by the new quality of services provision in communities and improvement of the citizens' lives. Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko announced during the Second All-Ukrainian Forum of the Consolidated Communities.

"Nowadays we can talk about 665 communities in which first elections either have already took place or will be held in December 2017. Taking into account the communities awaiting for the Central Election Commission decision, 688 CCs will have been formed by the beginning of 2018. And this fact brings Ukraine closer to the equator of the reform. After all, the number of amalgamated communities is transformed into a new quality of people’s lives - convenient administrative services in CASPs, in high quality education for children and better competitiveness after training", said Hennadii Zubko.

According to him, financial capabilities of the communities have been growing since the beginning of decentralization process. "Budget decentralization has enabled an increase in local budgets from UAH 98.2 billion in 2015 up to UAH 170.7 billion in 2017. The CCs budgets have upped from UAH 4.1 billion to UAH 7.5 billion respectively," stressed the Vice Prime Minister.

He noted that an important component of strengthening the communities is available legislative framework necessary to promote the reform. "There have been submitted to the Parliament and expected for approval the Law of Ukraine No. 2489 On Service in Local Self-Government Bodies, No. 4773 amendments to the Budget Code on the voluntary amalgamation of territorial communities, to the Law of Ukraine No. 6466 On the Voluntary Amalgamation of Communities regarding voluntary accession of communities of villages and rural settlements to the communities of the cities of regional significance, to the Law of Ukraine No. 7118 on the management of land resources within the territory of the CCs, to the Law of Ukraine No. 6403 On Urban Development Regulation.

The Gov’t official emphasized it depends on the Parliament the approval of the simple steps enabling communities to successfully develop and change, adding the most significant victory in the process of the decentralization reform was that there have been elected 665 new leaders who are now working for the benefit of their communities.


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