A constructive and candid dialog was held with the representatives of the Association of of amalgamated territorial communities which is our reliable partner in the decentralization reform process. An important result was reached – the Association of ATC stands for the most prompt possible completion of the local self-government reform already by 2020, Vice-Prime Minister/ Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko stated following the results of the meeting with the Association representatives.
"Local elections should be held according to a administrative-territorial basis. The key task in this regard is to strengthen the work on the approval of perspective plans so that we can reach 100% coverage in regions as soon as possible. And then we will make a decision on the administrative amalgamation of communities according to already approved perspective plans! Besides, the Association supports the introduction of a system of administrative supervision over local self-government's activities and positively evaluates the primary healthcare reform and already observes these improvements in communities!", Hennadii Zubko stressed.
At the same time, according to the official, there are pressing issues and a joint search for compromise solutions. Most of them concern interbudgetary relations in the conditions of formation of the State Budget-2019 and the search for additional tools to increase the resource base of local budgets. The most urgent of them are the need to improve the formula for educational subvention allocation, financing of the secondary healthcare link, need to legislate the norm on payment of income tax by enterprises directly at the place of their economic activity, problematic issues of agricultural land transfer, and the need to pass draft law No. 7118 on granting land disposal right to consolidated communities.
"I understand that all these issues encapsulate the needs of many communities. I am convinced that we will jointly find ways to resolve them. We are always open to dialogue", the Vice Prime Minister underscored.