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.
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
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.
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