Further decentralization remains priority for Ukrainian govt – Groysman
Decentralization in Ukraine will not stop in the new year, because the government model of socio-economic development of Ukraine is based on a system of strong local self-government, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said.
The reform of decentralization, begun in 2014, remains a priority for the work of the government. As evidenced by the data of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, in 2017 financial decentralization ensured the growth of local budgets to UAH 170 billion, and own revenues of 366 merged territorial communities, created as a result of the reform and attracted to intergovernmental relations, increased 1.8 times, the Department of Information and Communications of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine said on Monday.
"The communities completely and independently manage their own resources and have the opportunity to allocate them to the most urgent needs of people. They are: improving the infrastructure of settlements - from roads to playgrounds, equipping paramedical and obstetric stations, hospitals and polyclinics, building and renovating schools and kindergartens, the opening of centers of administrative services, the solution of the issue of collection and recycling of garbage," the message reads.
Groysman says that the state is ready to make efforts to support the regions, primarily through the resources of the State Regional Development Fund. "The state budget for 2018 provides for UAH 6 billion of allocations for the State Fund of Regional Development. The subvention for the formation of the infrastructure of the merged territorial communities will be UAH 1.9 billion," the Cabinet said.