Almost 900 consolidated territorial communities (CCs) have already been established in Ukraine as of May 10, 2019. Of these, 66 local communities will hold the first local elections on June 30, with 25 more waiting for the decision of the Central Election Commission (CEC). Deputy Prime Minister/Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko announced on FB commenting on the data of monitoring of the process of decentralization and local self-government reform prepared by the line Ministry.
"The process of association of communities is demonstrating progress. Already 33 cities of regional significance engage in the amalgamation of the communities. The TOP five leading regions in the implementation of decentralization remain unchanged. Zhytomyr, Chernihiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Khmelnytsky regions continue to lead the rating of the regions in terms of the creation of capable communities", said Hennadii Zubko.
The top official stressed that 2019 will be the landmark year in the process of amalgamation of cities of regional importance. He also focused on areas in which there hasn’t still been established any community. And there are as many as 94 by now. "Not everyone understands the principle of the voluntary association of communities. For someone, it means the opportunity to avoid reforms, and it's a mistake. In 2020, local elections should take place on a new territorial basis of the communities, and they will take place", Hennadii Zubko emphasized.
The Deputy Prime Minister counts that this week the Parliament will adopt a key law No. 8051 "On the Principles of the Administrative-Territorial Order of Ukraine", which legislatively eliminates the duplication of powers of the District Council and the RSA with the bodies of local governments in CCs, is aimed to remove excessive expenses for the maintenance of the RSA apparatus, to improve the quality of services provision by increasing financing of local government budgets for the purposes of creating hospital districts, a new educational space, and so on.
"In current Ukraine, there have been created all the necessary conditions for further successful decentralization. But in order to ensure the irreversibility of the reform, we should finally consolidate the amendments on decentralization in the Constitution", said Hennadii Zubko.