Deregulation in construction sector and elimination of corruption risks are
among the priority tasks of the Ministry of Regional Development, Building,
Housing and Utilities of Ukraine. It
has developed an anticorruption roadmap in synergy with international partners
and experts (BRDO and IDLO), as well as the public sector - the Rehabilitation Package
of Reforms (RPR) and the Civic Initiative Together Against
was stated at a meeting with representatives of the European Business
Association by Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development,
Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii
"We are currently working along three main directions: the review of
State Building Codes (DBN), transparency and publicity of urban development
policies, and improvement of the system of state architectural control,"
said Hennadii Zubko.
The Vice Prime Minister told that the revision of obsolete DBNs and the
approval of deviations are in the focus of the Ministry of Regional Development,
Building, Housing and Utilities.
"The launched system work should bring
this area of standardization in compliance with European standards. The revision of state building codes is permanent and systematic process, as science forges ahead, new materials and
construction technologies emerge, requirements for energy
efficiency, ecological compatibility, etc. are raised", the top official explained.
Transparency and publicity of urban development policy is another direction for the Ministry of Regional Development
to focus on to eliminate corruption in the industry. "Our objective is to ensure the quality and transparency of the development of
documentation on spatial planning (urban planning documentation). Among the
approved in the first reading are bill No. 6403 aimed at
providing the consolidated territorial communities
(OTGs) with the single documentation on spatial planning and bill No.
7085 which establishes a unified procedure for assigning an address to the construction object
and improves the procedure for licensing business activities joined
with the construction of architectural objects. The development of the
Urban Cadastre has begun", told Hennadii Zubko.
One more significant step in preventing corruption was the adoption last
year of Laws No. 1817 and No. 2020, that simplified the permitting procedures,
canceled the complexity categories of construction objects and transferred to
the class of consequences (CC1, CC2, CC3), determined the list of construction activities
that do not require a permission, canceled the demand for obtaining initial
data and technical specifications from the SES, etc.
"There have been introduced e-services in construction and licensing. To date, over
4200 e-services have been provided in construction sector. In
order to prevent abuses by controlling authorities, the Government's resolution
sets clear deadlines for developers to eliminate the shortcomings found during
inspections of construction objects", he emphasized.
According to the Vice Prime Minister, an important block is the
decentralization of the powers of the State Architecture and Building Inspection
(SABI). "By now, already 92 settlements have taken authorities from the
SABI, in particular 21 cities of regional importance, except for Poltava, Khmelnytsky and Zaporizhzhya.
Now, in synergy with the State Regulatory Service we analyze all regulatory
acts that work on local level. Our goal is to eliminate all corruption factors
that hinder the development of construction business on the ground and improve
the investment climate through this", underscores Hennadii