The decentralization reform pushed through by the Government not only generated new powers and resources on the ground, but also increased the responsibility of the local self-governments and community expectations of its leaders. This was announced by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during his communication with the students of the Sumy National Agrarian University.
The Head of Government recalled that three years ago he, as Vice Prime Minister, was at the forefront of the decentralization process. Moreover, hardly anyone believed in the success of the reform. " But we succeeded", the Prime Minister stressed and added that there should be united territorial communities in order to achieve new knowledge and new impetus.
The Prime Minister placed a special emphasis on the fact that over the past year a sum worth UAH 100 billion was allocated to local governments in the form of additional local budget revenues that can be used for the well-being of communities.
"But the issue can be solved not only by finance. We must just be responsible for ensuring properconstruction. If the real estate developer builds a house, then the obligation should envisage building of kindergarten near this house. We are building houses, but there must be school near it ! What it is? This is the responsibility!", the Head of Government claimed.
According to the Prime Minister, another aspect of this responsibility encapsulate the ability to tackle problems. "Communities should be more demanding of their authorities and problems should be also resolved by local self-governments," Volodymyr Groysman underscored.