Ukraine has a unique chance in the next 5 years to form a new model of a territorial system based on the powers of the consolidated communities and thus contributing to the general strength of the state. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman in an interview with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
According to him, the basis of these processes is the further decentralization reform, which is one of the most successful changes being brought about by the Government. "The first stage of change has now come to the end. And now it is crucial to form a new stage", the Head of Government said. "It is just necessary not only to ensure the further realization of the reform when local communities have funds, powers, new opportunities and the right to amalgamate but also to protect these achievements, consolidate them in the Basic Law. I am reasonably convinced that in the next five years we have a unique chance to build a new administrative-territorial model of a successful and self-sustainable Ukraine."
The Head of Government stressed that there are now opponents of reform in Ukraine. And they will probably try to reverse the processes. "The guarantee of the irreversibility of decentralization is the Constitution. We must enshrine in it the ubiquity of local self-government, the distribution of powers among the levels of government on the subsidiarity principle, and guarantees of the financial self-sufficiency of local governance", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
In his opinion, it is possible to consider the draft amendments to the Constitution next year by the incumbent composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
"The current Verkhovna Rada has done more for local governance and decentralization than all the convocations convened during the independence years. There is a bunch of people who understand what means local governance", said the Prime Minister. "I remember how it was difficult for me to work with Parliament in 2014, at that time I used to be in the Government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk and was engaged in regional policy and local governance. There were a complete misunderstanding and exclusion. And in 2015, we already had a complete understanding of all branches of power that this is a relevant reform and it needs to be implemented. Therefore, I think that this Rada will be capable of doing that".