The Government is trying to accelerate the process of consolidation of territorial communities in those areas demonstrating the worst performance. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the opening of the USAID-funded program DOBRE on Tuesday.
Commenting on the question why Kharkiv, Kyiv and Zakarpattia regions have the lowest number of amalgamated communities in Ukraine the Prime Minister said: "This, perhaps, is a two-way process, in which, on the one hand, local leadership is incapable, and on the other hand, perhaps at the level of regions there is no understanding of the necessity of the process".
Regarding Zakarpattia region, the Prime Minister noted that the Government is engaged into solving problems of the region and paying efforts to help local communities to unite.
"I believe none has the right to hamper it", he stressed.
Moreover, Volodymyr Groysman added the situation in Kharkiv region is addressed to get things moving.
The Prime Minister gave the example of Ternopil region holding leadership in the process of consolidation of communities. He reminded that when he had been Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament had had to make certain changes in the law to allow elections in such communities. According to him, the regional Council suppressed the process of amalgamation.
"I see these issues as a challenge for us to more closely engage in work with these regions to enable them be successful", said the Head of Government.
Volodymyr Groysman noted that there is competition between regions which will grow.
Stronger in this competition will become those areas that have the largest number of capable communities having increased budgets and larger powers.