Kharkiv Regional Council

Phone: +3 8057 700-40-57
Fax: +3 8057 700-53-35
Address: Sumska Street, 64, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 61200
08 March 2021

As it was said by Sergii Chernov, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council, most of newly formed communities will create their own history with a clean slate, without having practical background or duly trained personnel at their executive bodies.

Sergii Chernov stated, “For the last half century this very year, 2020, has brought drastic and escalated changes into the administrative and territorial structure of our country.

After the elections it is not easy for local councils of new convocation to start activities. In 2020 the local self-government bodies were formed within the scope of a new administrative and territorial basis, namely - territorial communities had been unified and districts had been consolidated. It is known that unified territorial communities will have direct relations with the state budget and receive wide-ranging powers. Let me remind that before the elections in Kharkiv region 24 unified communities have been formed out of 56 stipulated by the Perspective Plan.”

Realizing that, Kharkiv Regional Council and the Regional Association of Local Self-Government Bodies are preparing training programs for community representatives on budgeting issues. Besides, experts related to such topic will be invited for this purpose and the work will be arranged in a form of seminars and webinars.

According to the Chairman of the Regional Council, there are other problematic issues occurring after local self-government bodies have been formed on a new territorial basis – relations between the newly formed communities and district councils with the public executive bodies, first of all, district public administrations.

“Let me remind that amalgamation of communities took place along with consolidation of districts. For example, in Kharkov region 7 new consolidated districts have been formed based on 27 districts and 7 towns of regional significance. Most of these issues require solution on the legislative level.”
One of the most significant sets of issues covering succession of new districts with respect to property has been resolved recently by a parliamentary decision.

“A range of problems covering regulation of relations between pre-reform village, town, city councils and unified territorial communities, in particular, year-end closing, succession, making amendments to current decrees by district public administrations, is to be governed by a law on regulation of certain issues with respect to organization and operation of local self-government bodies and district pubic administrations (draft law No. 3651-d) that was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on November 17, 2020. The law also regulates relations between district councils whose term is expiring and the newly formed ones. It regulates such issues as segregation and transfer of socially important objects in medical, educational, cultural spheres from district property to communal ownership of unified communities,” - said Sergii Chernov.

The Chairman of the Regional Council summarizes that, however, at all timeliness and relevance, the Law adopted on November 17, 2020 cannot solve all the problems being faced by the newly formed local self-government bodies after the elections. A number of important legislative amendments are required in the context of local self-government reform and decentralization.