Power decentralization reform, that introduced five years ago, fuelled the development of local self-government and provided resources that now need not to be sought in Kyiv, but invested in a new quality of life directly on the ground. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the Government sitting.
"I had the great privilege of presenting the Concept of decentralization reform in April 2014. We have embarked on a difficult but necessary path to ensure the holding of decentralization and the formation of strong local self-government. And our actions yield a positive result. In the old system, everything was solved by central authorities, and today the decision is taken by local communities. Until 2014, citizens were excluded from decision-making. These days, we have concentrated resources at the local level, and each community has opportunities that allow instead of seeking in Kyiv, to build up their native towns and settlements", said Volodymyr Groysman.
The PM said that investing in the quality of life is not just about the economy, but also about the culture and development of creative industries. Thus, the Head of Government reminded that the "Small Cities - Great Impressions" project is being implemented in Ukraine. Last year it was implemented in pilot mode. This practice will be expanded and strengthened this year. Details of this work were presented by the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevgen Nishchuk.
"What do we do best? Among other things - creative industries. Ukrainians are extremely creative, and we should create an environment in which these industries could develop - not only in big cities but also in small ones", said Volodymyr Groysman. "Ukraine is not just a spot on the map, but a large country with a population of 45 million."