initiated decentralization reform requires a shift in thinking and approaches
to the formation of regional development strategies when there is understanding of the fact that the community strengthens
rather than of how to use the transferred resource. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said in his
address to the participants of the extended Government meeting "Decentralization
and Regional Development" in Vinnytsia.
accentuated that before official Kyiv had had all financial resources and
powers. The communities had null of those. And each particular minister decided
on which subvention to give, which project to support. All those deprived of
responsibility, and at the same time led to the situation when today the
communities are asking to "give", but refuse to make decisions.
a system is unacceptable", urged Volodymyr Groysman, "There is money, and there are tools for
earning and multiplying it. This is a vital change! It is crucial for you
(regions) to scale up. We need change of mindsets and approaches."
Minister noted, however, that the reform must be aimed at the only thing - the
building of strong communities.
can’t be right that we build a modern car, and you bolt wooden wheels to it. We
must build a single pattern", the Head of Government added. "When we
talk about development, we imply the quality of life, instead of mere