To complete the process
of amalgamation of communities, to implement sector reforms, to ensure economic
development in the regions and to involve citizens in decision making constitute
the list of topmost priorities while pursuing the decentralization reform, considered
one of the most successful reforms in the country. Prime Minister of Ukraine
Volodymyr Groysman said during the Forum "Decentralization as the basis
for the formation of an effective governance system and local development"
the results of devolving power having launched as part of the reform three
years ago, Volodymyr Groysman highlighted that local budget revenues had soared
by UAH 100 billion, that served an incentive for community consolidation.
According to the Head of Government, more than 400 communities have amalgamated
in Ukraine, hence they are engaged in forming unsubsidized
budgets and in transferring to direct intergovernmental fiscal relations with
the state budget.
just the beginning, however we can observe that
despite the difficulties, we demonstrate success. The idea (of decentralization)
is recognized as one of the most far-reaching reforms in the country”, said the
Prime Minister. “But this is not the time to dwell on. We proceed to a new
stage of the reform."
The Head of Government stressed that it is crucial to complete the process
of consolidation of territorial communities - through a constant dialogue and contact
with people, to determine an optimal model of distribution of powers and to
form a model of the system designed to represent central executive authorities
in the regions. "We should streamline processes and raise the efficiency
of local governments. The reform we are pursuing in synergy is never a reform
for officials. This is a reform for people’s benefits, it provides an
opportunity to get new quality, a chance for success", said the Head of
Next in line is the introduction of sector reforms, in particular in education
and healthcare, the improvement of investment climate. Separate direction is
the development of land relations and targeted support for small and medium-sized
enterprises in rural areas. In this regard, Volodymyr Groysman told that the
Government would plan at least UAH 1 billion in the draft budget for 2018 to finance
farm support program.
At that, the role
of local authorities in the implementation of reforms should enhance, emphasized
Volodymyr Groysman. "The resource you have in your local budgets will empower
you to have an extremely different quality of education, healthcare, community environment.
All this brings you a real feeling of change. The community means the
environment where people live. There should be high-quality education, health
care, infrastructure, culture. And the most important thing is local economic
development and involvement of the citizens in decision-making. This will improve
the effectiveness of your activity. If the authorities and the community collaborate
and understand they should develop synergy, they will always find single
solutions. If you think differently - the gap will only grow", the Head of
He stressed that
Ukrainians should unite behind the idea of having a wealthy Ukraine with strong economy. "We have
absolutely everything for this: human capital, resources, if we start to use it, we, in the medium term, I consider
within 10 years, will have a country with sound economy and socially justice",
the Prime Minister assures.