Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk held a meeting with representatives of the Association of Ukrainian Cities.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the start and the passage of the heating season, attracting foreign investment in the regions and the distribution of subsidies. Among the issues raised were the problems that mayors face.
“Quality of life of Ukrainian citizens depends on effective cooperation between the Government and local authorities. It does not matter to the person what is the source for financing the solution to his/her problems. We are all in the same boat and we have to settle people's problems together,” stressed Oleksiy Honcharuk.
The PM added that the Government was open to cooperation and that meetings with representatives of territorial communities would be held on a permanent basis. The Head of Government does not exclude the establishment of a special support service where one can appeal not only with specific issues but also with proposals.
“We will definitely prolong the decentralization reform! And within its framework, the communities will be devolved more authority,” the Prime Minister stressed.
Apart from that, Oleksiy Honcharuk told the mayors about the strategic directions of the Government's work. In particular, work is currently underway to create a functional infrastructure network across Ukraine.
"What is a functional network? It is an educational and medical networks, security and justice. In our Government's Action Program we have included clear standards that the state will guarantee to Ukrainians - the ambulance should arrive within 10 minutes in the city, the doctor should be no farther than 7 km drive in the countryside, every child should attend kindergarten and so on. We have collected information from the ministries on the facilities belonging to the aforesaid networks and have mapped that infrastructure. It contains now over 110,000 infrastructural assets all across the country. Last week, we sent the map to the regions so that they would add all the infrastructure that was missing: in which area a school was needed, in which – a kindergarten and in which – a hospital,” said the Prime Minister.