The draft law
"On the Principles of Administrative and Territorial Structure"
approved by the Government and already registered in the Parliament, is the key
out of a package of 17 bills on decentralization. Its
adoption aims at simplifying mechanisms and motivating communities to amalgamate
as well as strengthening their functions. In
general, decentralization is a revolutionary process that changes the system of
governance, financing, powers and, most importantly, responsibility.
This was stated
during a round table dedicated to activities of local self-government bodies and
legal framework within which they are acting. The event was chaired by Vice
Prime Minister/Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and
Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko.
"We have almost
practically completed a map of promising plans in terms of the creation of CC
throughout Ukraine - the Government has already approved long-term plans for 23
have been amalgamated 722 communities, 40 of which have fixed dates of first
elections, and 17 are waiting for the decision of the CEC. The
consolidation also changes the quality of services provision in these
have already created a map of the available network of CASPs, as well as
projects of the networks of providing primary medical aid shaped by the regions,
the security network centers are being formed together with the SES. Summing
up, I emphasize again that changes are possible under the only condition -
efficiency and responsibility on the ground", said Hennadii Zubko.
The Vice Prime
Minister stressed that the issue of abiding by law by local self-government
bodies in activities lies in the broader context of the state's duty to provide
security to its citizens and to create a safe space for a comfortable life. This
is the essential idea and the basis for the decentralization reform.
of state control over local self-government activities should be solved by the
Institution of Prefects. The
relevant bill has already been drafted and fully complies with the European system
of governance, which allows the transfer of powers on the one hand, on the
other - monitoring the implementation of those powers on the ground", told
According to Hennadii Zubko, the regulation of
the activities of local self-government should be resolved not from the point
of view of limiting their non-reliance in making decisions of a socio-economic
nature, but from the point of view of the interests of citizens and observance
of the principles of national security. And
this is possible only through the dialogue and the search for mutually