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  • Volodymyr Groysman: Irreversibility of decentralization should be enshrined in legislation, first of all, in the Constitution
    Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU, posted 04 December 2018 13:44

    The irreversibility of one of the most successful reforms being implemented by the Government - decentralization reform  should be enshrined in legislation, first of all, in the Constitution, in order to thwart attempts to transfer powers or funds again in favor of the central government. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said this during a roundtable on problems of local self-government reform.

    The Head of Government stressed that the pace of change at the local level is commended not only by 9 million Ukrainians living in the consolidated communities but also by  Ukraine’s partners. And this despite the fact that the reform has been discussing for decade - until April 1, 2014, when the Concept of Reform was approved and the first steps were taken to amalgamate the communities.

    "For me personally, this is a key reform. I did my utmost to include decentralization reform in the agenda of state development. The concept approved on April 1, 2014, has become a real action plan", Volodymyr Groysman stressed. Over 800 consolidated communities were created,  local budgets received new financial resources, as well as unique experience of success was achieved. And now we can enshrine the irreversibility of the reform in the Constitution of Ukraine. "

    The Prime Minister recalled that in November he initiated the creation of a working group on the implementation of the updated Concept of Reform and introduction of amendments to the Constitution. "There is a time when reforms must be shaped, then implemented, and subsequently protected. There is still no Irreversibility of decentralization.  It exists due to the leadership positions (government officials). And I will be the first to protect the reform, but it should be also protected by the law. There will always be intentions to make redistribution, including in the financial sector, from local budgets to central ones. So, we need a balance, " Volodymyr Groysman claimed.

    The Prime Minister aired a proposal to kick off the constitutional changes next year. "We can start this process next year. When politicians compete for taking posts - it's good for them, and  when there is a competition for changes – it’s good for the country.

    Background

    The decentralization reform has been actively implementing since April 2014. Since then, several legislative acts have been adopted to consolidate the administrative powers and financial resources of the consolidated communities (CCs). At present, 874 CCS have already been created in Ukraine, in some of them the first elections are to take place. In 18 regions, there is 100 % completion of CCs. At the same time there are 99 districts  in which there is not a single consolidated community. 665 CCs have direct inter-budgetary relations Their budgets revenues for 11 months of the current year amounted to UAH 18.9 billion UAH. 123 centers for the provision of administrative services were set up in the CCs, the list of which is calculated by dozens. In such centers, people can receive various certificates and submit an application for pensions and subsidies without having to go to a regional  center.

    Volodymyr Groysman: Irreversibility of decentralization should be enshrined in legislation, first of all, in the Constitution