President of Ukraine

President on decentralization: Our task is to bring the authorities closer to ordinary people

10 November 2017 - 15:18

President on decentralization: Our task is to bring the authorities closer to ordinary people

President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that the implementation of the main reform in the country - the program of decentralization - demonstrates large-scale changes throughout the country.

“The main task of the party is to bring the authorities, President, people’s deputies closer to ordinary people. To shorten distance and time for the solution of problems. The purpose of today’s meeting is to show you that the President, the Government and the Verkhovna Rada are willing to cooperate in the most efficient way,” the President stressed in the forum of the winners of elections in the united territorial communities.

The Head of State reminded that during his presidential campaign three years ago, the cornerstone of his program had been decentralization - “rapprochement of the authorities and citizens aimed to solve the problems”. He added that few people had believed in that reform at that time.

“Decentralization has been promised for 25 years to the Ukrainian people. This not just a word, this is a transfer of real powers and funds to communities,” Petro Poroshenko noted.

The President reminded that constitutional changes were submitted at his initiative to allow conveying powers and financial resources from central authorities to local government. “Budgets of local councils have increased twice to turn local budgets, people’s deputies and leaders of communities into the leaders capable of solving the problems of villages and towns,” he stressed.

The Head of State reminded that due to the decentralization, an unprecedented growth of local budgets had taken place for the first time in the history of Ukraine. According to him, the development budgets of territorial communities have increased 6-7-8 times, as part of taxes has been transferred to the local budget. From now on, a mayor is responsible for using every kopeck, as he has this financial resource.

The President reminded that the share of local budgets grows steadily and must be at least 50%: “So that a community can plan its future”.

The Head of State stressed the importance of the initiative on a voluntary association of communities and time confirmed the importance of such an approach.

The President emphasized that the decentralization allowed to implement large-scale infrastructure projects, start the repair and construction of new kindergartens, establish lighting, build new schools, new roads and realize many other projects. “People saw the scale of changes in every corner of Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko said.