This year, key changes were made to the work of the State Regional Development Fund (SRDF). For the first time, in 2019, we will support projects without a "solid foundation" - start-ups that will be implemented in communities at the expense of the SRDF.
This was stated by Hennadii Zubko, Vice Prime Minister/Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine, while participating in the final panel of the Forum of Local Governance and the III CC Forum.
It concerns regional development projects that will be selected on a competitive basis and will be aimed at the implementation of the Strategies for the development of the regional, interregional levels, as well as within the framework of sectoral support of the European Union.
The official told that in 2018, within the framework of the European Union sectoral support program, 70 best along 5 directions out of the 800 submitted regional projects were selected through the competition. Their implementation will trigger next year.
"In 2019, the EU will disburse a second tranche, which will be aimed at supporting communities, regional and local administrations, and regional councils that would be able to submit such projects. But once again, I emphasize that regional development projects implemented under government support should be consistent with the regional Development Strategies that communities must develop in a qualitative and comprehensive way. And it is not a question of restoration, overhaul or reconstruction of social infrastructure, which have been taking place in the last 3 consecutive years. I think this is within the responsibility of the regional commissions that should engage regional and people’s deputies, the public in the development of the above Strategies. To develop those in the transparent way, competitive and containing topmost priorities", stressed Hennadii Zubko.