The growth of local budgets and the gained opportunity of local authorities to solve people's problems and provide high-quality services prove the success of the decentralization reforms and the correctness of the chosen model. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a meeting with representatives of the Association of Consolidated Communities.
"The fact that we can observe these days the growth of local budgets and your ability to address people's problems is the most important thing we were striving to achieve in this direction: to provide opportunities, tools to each of you to be able to provide quality services in education, healthcare sectors, ensure proper environment, good roads, a lot of other issues which surround you in your everyday life", said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Head of Government, who had initiated decentralization reforms, reminded that 1 April 2017 there had marked three years since the adoption of the concept of local governance that was the first step and the beginning of the development of local government. Subsequently, in 2015 there had commenced financial decentralization.
"It's been three years. I am proud that in this room today there are present real leaders of decentralization, local governments, that the model that we had offered - it was criticized then and still criticized nowadays - has proved its efficiency", said Volodymyr Groysman, addressing the representatives of consolidated territorial communities. He stressed that first elected heads of the CC would remain in the country's history as pioneers of "a challenging but successful" reform.
He also positively assessed the cooperation among leaders of the consolidated territorial communities in sharing their own experiences of problem solving and implementation of modern practices.
"Now, actually we are creating a new institutional framework for the development of our state and, most importantly, this bases on initiative, leadership of people, on their choice," he emphasized.
"Today it is crucial to ensure your leadership in this process, your activity to advance on the path [of reform], to use the most of the opportunities having created to achieve success. I assure you that the process [of decentralization] has triggered and it will prolong in terms of amalgamation and improvement of the system”, said Volodymyr Groysman, addressing to the leaders of local communities. “People, initiatives can never be stopped, it is impossible to close eyes on true results. Therefore, the bigger success you achieve, the more energy will be injected in this reform."
The Prime Minister highlighted that the decentralization reform does not stop. Changes in legislation that are developed, in particular regarding further amalgamation of territorial communities, are the steps forward. In turn, the Government is fully devoted to support the decentralization reforms, he assured.
"Me as Prime Minister, and our whole team, we are committed to support local government, to develop power decentralization to promote your success. I emphasize – we are on your side. We will remove any obstacles", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.