After the completion of the first phase of decentralization reform, the main task of the Government of Ukraine is to ensure the capacity building and sustainable development of communities. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during the discussion platform "Reforms of Good Governance in Ukraine". The event took place on May 25 within the framework of preparation for the Ukraine Reform Conference scheduled for July 2021 in Vilnius, Republic of Lithuania.
The discussion also gathered together Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Egidijus Meilūnas and Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen.
The Prime Minister noted that the Government is building its activities on the shaping of far-sighted strategies for the development of the state. First of all, it concerns strategic regional development planning.
"For the first time in Ukraine, the State Regional Development Strategy and each particular regional development strategy were developed on the basis of SMART-specialization. Regional development strategies have been approved on the same basis," the Head of Government said.
Denys Shmyhal also stressed that the Government of Ukraine is successfully continuing the reform of local self-government and territorial organization of power.
"Much attention is paid to strategic planning in territorial communities because, after the completion of the first stage of decentralization reform, our main objective is to ensure the capacity building and sustainable development of communities," said the Prime Minister.
According to the Prime Minister, the Government is currently working to ensure the distribution of powers between local governments and executive authorities, involving residents of territorial communities in adopting management decisions, as well as enshrining in the Constitution of Ukraine a new model of local self-government, territorial organization of power built on principles of decentralization and subsidiarity.
"Current effective work in Ukraine on decentralization and regional development reform is taking into account approaches to creating sound multi-level governance mechanisms in line with OECD recommendations," said Denys Shmyhal.
The Head of Government thanked Lithuania for its thorough preparation for the Ukraine Reform Conference, and also thanked the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for supporting deep economic and social reforms.