It is incredibly important for us to have unity not only at the political, but at the central level. Both the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament demonstrate consolidated efforts in carrying out a decentralization reform. This is a window of opportunity that opened for the first time in all years of independence, and the regions should grasp the offered opportunities. The Deputy Prime Minister/ Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko emphasized during the Regional Development Council.
"The basic foundation, which unites the whole country today, is the decentralization reform. And when the President sets the task for Ukraine to get rid of such a term as a periphery, then we must speak not only about the development of the each regional center, but also about the development of each consolidated community. What is unique in Vinnytsia region? It shares borders with seven regions, has a developed agro-industrial complex, as well as connects the south, north and west of Ukraine. Infrastructure is actively developing, new healthcare facilities are being built, and it has great potential for the development of the tourism industry due to its unique recreational potential. All of this is an investment halmark of Vinnytsia, and such brand identity should be outlined in each region ", Hennadii Zubko stressed.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, it is important to synchronize the central government's strategy on regional policy with the development plans for the next 5 years. "When we say that today the plan of development of the region worth UAH 19 billion for a period of 3 years has already been formed, then we have to show how the entire Vinnytsia region develops, and not only regional and district centers. This year, upon the initiative of the President, with the support of the Government and Parliament, the State Budget was adopted by taking into account the medium-term planning. So now, virtually every community, having its basic figures and tax rate, can plan community development for 3-5 year by taking into account state support. And this should be implemented simultaneously", Hennadii Zubko stressed.
The state assistance amounted to UAH 500 million in 2014. By 2019 this figure will already make more than UAH 33 billion. And this support will cover only education, medicine, road infrastructure fields, and subventions to consolidated communities. In addition, new programs on drinking water, development of rural areas, infrastructure objects will be put in practice.