There is a need for the introduction of state supervision of compliance with the laws and the Constitution of Ukraine by local self-government bodies. The issue at stake is about monitoring, not control. The initiative is aimed to ensure that the interests and security of citizens are being taken into account. The elaboration and adoption of this important law will allow to implement the decentralization reform at a much higher rate.
Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko stressed that the legislative regulation of compliance with the lawfulness of activities local government officials was the subject of discussion at a consultation meeting between representatives of the Council of Europe, the Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the leadership of the line associations of local authorities, experts and international partners, in particular ULEAD with Europe.
The Vice Prime Minister emphasized that this is a regular consultative meeting, which was preceded by an event in the Kiev City State Administration, as well as an ambitious round table held at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in April this year, which manifested in shaping of a detailed route map for the development of the relevant law.
"Today we are facing with problematic issues, which are related to the poor performance management of local authorities. This is the restoration of critical infrastructure, the lack of timely preparation of cities for the heating season, land issues, etc. Therefore, the introduction of a state supervision tool will be a framework for strengthening cooperation between central and local authorities. And the main thing is the framework that will provide opportunities for development of consolidated communities", Hennadii Zubko underscored.
In turn, Morten Enberg, Head of Office of the Council of Europe in Ukraine, emphasized that the Council of Europe supports Ukraine in implementing reforms, one of the most ambitious is decentralization. "The issue related to monitoring the activities of local self-government bodies is in the focus! After all, Ukraine is one of the few countries in Europe where such a system of supervision has not yet been introduced. We will continue to assist Ukraine in finding the best solution and we are convinced that we will achieve joint success", the Head of Office of the Council of Europe underscored.
During the consultative meeting a general Concept of administrative supervision of local self-government activities was presented and its main parts were discussed. In particular, the general principles of administrative supervision, reaction measures and guarantees of the interests of the bodies of local governments, institutional provision of administrative supervision.