Volodymyr Groysman, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, stated in the interview to the Rada TV Channel on Friday that the current Constitution of Ukraine should be amended to ensure the fundamental improvement of the local government system. “Governmental authorities must not exercise the powers of the local government,” he said.
He reminded that the proposed draft amendments to the Constitution “provide for the ubiquity of the local government”. According to V. Groysman, “it stands, on the one hand, for the constitutional guarantee of a share in the national taxes and for the formation of executive committees through the election of regional and district councils by communities that will enhance confidence in the government and responsibilities of the local bodies. On the other hand, a system meant to provide quality services will go live in the regions, and it will improve the quality of life and economy, and will lead to a gradual increase in salaries, formation of new jobs, decrease in the number of problems – and it will be only the beginning.”
The Chairman emphasized that Poland’s success depended largely on the well-considered local government reform. V. Groysman said, “It is a key reform. If we want to build kindergartens, provide jobs, improve the quality of life, reduce gas consumption and modernize boiler houses, improve the quality of education, etc., – we need the decentralization! Each of us should participate in the process and support the amendments to the Constitution that are fully supported by the Venice Commission.”
He however noted that there are opponents of the decentralization who can impede the whole process. “But those are personal perceptions, and the Constitution will be amended whatever the cost – it is the point of no return for Ukraine,” he said and added that “we are making the country stronger, we are on the way to the integration into the European Union.”