The decentralization reform launched in 2014 is the largest anti-corruption step in our country's history. Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko stated during a lecture titled "Decentralization Reform in Ukraine" for students of the Y. Fedkovich Chernivtsi National University.
Answering the students' questions about the obstacles that prevented the previous governments in Ukraine from implementing the decentralization reform and devolution of powers to the regions, the official said: "To put it mildly, they had the lack of political will. Back in 1996, Ukraine signed the European Charter of Local Self-Government. But, in fact, it never worked until 2014. Each president and parliament who came to power firstly talked about the transfer of powers and finance to the regions, and then changed their mind... I believe that the current decentralization reform is the largest anti-corruption step in the history of the state", said Hennadii Zubko.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that currently 52% of the state budget was concentrated in the local budgets.
"The way of transferring powers and resources to the regions is preventive, it forestalls corruption", the official said.