Further reform of local government implies consolidation in the Constitution of already achieved maximum sustainability of communities and their accountability, primarily to local residents. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stated during a meeting with the chairmen of the consolidated communities of Poltava region.
The meeting took place in Pyriatyn, which had become the hub of the consolidated communities (CC) in the so-called "first wave" of the amalgamation process back in 2015. Now the community comprises about 17 thousand people and has 617 hectares of land outside of settlements, while the annual volume of direct subvention for development makes up about UAH 1 million. The CC has the CASP (Center for the administrative services) which provides about 200 services of various spectrums, in particular in the format of a mobile office, social infrastructure objects and the local hub institution Pyriatyn Lyceum. The Lyceum’s leadership, apart from the standards of the New Ukrainian School, effectively introduces a policy of comprehensive physical education. Moreover, at the expense of the community, the regional budget and funding of the government program for the development of school sports grounds, there have been built a swimming pool, playrooms, and class for martial arts.
The Head of Government visited both the CASP and the Lyceum. Volodymyr Groysman spoke with the community residents and answered the questions of concern - in particular, regarding the continuation of reforms, strengthening of local governments, pension provision and perspectives for the further recalculation of pensions, as well as the preservation of a network of social services within district councils.
Addressing the heads of the CC, the Head of Government, in particular, noted that he is trying to visit communities in each region to make sure that decentralization yield results.
"We have created a new system that empowered the communities. This is an obvious fact. The next question is what's next? I believe that the most important thing is to preserve decentralization, to create a system that will consolidate the right of communities to finance and powers, their maximum independence and accountability, first of all, to the members of the community", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
The PM emphasized that since 2014, he had seen as his mission to provide the legal framework for community capacity and the construction of a new territorial structure of the country.
"Now it is critical to consolidate in the Constitution the ubiquity of local self-government and the financial sustainability of consolidated communities", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
The PM urged community leaders to join the discussion of the Government's draft law on amendments to the Constitution and reminded about the Government's initiative to grant small cities the status of CC to ensure their development provided as a result of decentralization.