The session of the Communities and Territories Development Council chaired by Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, is being held in Kyiv. Representatives of local self-government from all regions, including Artur Tovmasian, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council, participate at the session.

The session of the Council is devoted to issues on improving interaction between executive bodies and local self-government authorities, as well as escalation of the decentralization reform in Ukraine.

Artur Tovmasian put an emphasis on importance of high-level meetings aimed at solving issues on ensuring the functioning of communities and regional development on the whole. The Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council stated, “One of the crucial tasks for local self-government and executive authorities is to ensure the effective work of communities and districts after the elections dd. October 25, 2020, which have been held on the new territories. First of all, to keep availability and improve the quality of administrative services to population. In fact, the reform had been started for this purpose. It is irresponsible to condone problems by “transition period”.

Among crucial issues being mentioned by Artur Tovmasian are problems connected with assignment of communal property from district level to communities, as well as financing of powers executed by district councils and keeping their executive establishments, compensation payments to the personnel dismissed in connection with districts consolidation.


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