We have prepared a detailed, step-by-step blueprint for implementation of a new stage of the decentralization reform. It is designed to fulfill the tasks set by the President of Ukraine and the Action Plan approved by the Government. This is a joint road map for Ministry of Regional Development, Building and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine and our international partners – U-LEAD with Europe, USAID, PULSE, DESPRO, OSCE, DOBRE, where everyone will have their contribution part that will be transformed into a joint victory in future. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Regional Development, Building and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine at the coordination meeting with the local government development centers.
"The overriding priority is the formation of road maps for amalgamation of communities. This is the basis for those decisions related to formation of consolidated communities’ base to be approved in 2020. The next point is further work joining of communities the cities of oblast significance. This is a great deal of work, because it is necessary to analyze the possibilities of these communities that have not been able to join the cities of oblast significance so far. The third point is the interaction, coordination and close cooperation of regional decentralization offices with the Regional State Administrations (RSA) on approval of road maps. Apart from that, we have to work on the legislative framework. Therefore, 2019 is the key year for the reform – there should be the highest consolidation of efforts of Ministry, Central Reform Office, local offices, RSA, and deputies of regional councils", Hennadii Zubko stressed.
The Deputy Prime Minister emphasized that equally important point of the blueprint is sectoral decentralization support. "This is also an issue of regional offices’ activity on the implementation of primary healthcare reform in rural areas, the New Ukrainian School, development of a new educational space, inclusiveness and Centers for Administrative Services Provisions. Therefore, we must once again analyze the efforts of our international partners, project organizations and Central Reform Office to identify joint tasks and move towards a common result in this direction", he claimed.
Hennadii Zubko noted that at the end of February the results of the social research on decentralization being conducted with the support of the Council of Europe will be made public. "I can preliminarily say that almost 56% of Ukrainians support the reform and expect the result. Therefore, 2019 will be the key year for the implementation of the decentralization reform around which all key stakeholders and our international partners should consolidate", the Deputy Prime Minister underscored.