The whole map of Ukraine in 2020 should be covered with the consolidated communities (CCs) - with new opportunities and a management system. And this will be striking leap forward in the development of the whole country. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman. He stressed that within the framework of the decentralization reform the process of voluntary amalgamation of communities is completed. Almost 70% of Ukrainians are seizing opportunities and advantages of the reform.
"The task for 2020 is to wind up the process of amalgamation, so that all CCs are sufficient. If we were looking at the map, we can see communities in which we put into practice effective management system and financial resources. Then the situation will become better. It will be a crucial breakhtough. I look at it from a professional point of view", Volodymyr Groysman said.
The Head of Government recalled that he had been championing the idea of the reform long before its introduction. Moreover, at that time, the main argument in favor of change was the falsity of the governance and local government model that was in place at that time. That is why it has become a cause of decline in all spheres of life from the health system to the road industry.
"We have changed the situation in terms of opportunities. And now from year to year the situation will improve", Volodymyr Groysman underscored.
On January 23, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the framework of strengthening local self-government capabilities initiates launch of a new stage of decentralization reform which envisages consolidation of already achieved successes and formation of sustainable communities, changes in the territorial structure, clear delimitation of the powers and functions of control of different state authorities, as well as active development of local democracy, when citizens can always express their opinions on various issues, but not only during the election period. The goal of the new stage is to introduce and consolidate the changes by 2020 in order to to hold local elections already on a new legislative and territorial basis.
At present, 876 sustainable communities are created, local budgets grew significantly -to almost UAH 234 billion. The area of 1.5 million hectares of agricultural land has been transferred to the communities’ ownership.
The new stage envisages establishment of 100 sustainable areas and 1600-1800 amalgamated communities, to consolidate the fiscal sustainability of local governance, to shape an effective governance system, to streamline the system of public control, and to avoid overlapping in functions.