Agglomeration: the story of the lost decades of development

Vitalii Bezghin, a people’s deputy, the head of the subcommittee on administrative and territorial arrangement of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the state power organisation, local self-government, regional and urban development in his interview for the Ukrainska Pravda (Ukrainian Truth) assured that the Law on Agglomeration would be adopted in 2020.

Bill №2637, legitimising common efforts of the city authorities and local councils of the adjoining settlements as an agglomeration, has been successfully considered by the line committee and soon will be subject to the first reading at the Verkhovna Rada.

The bill treats an agglomeration as a kind of cooperation of a city and adjoining settlements, referred to as "satellites", enjoying common economic and investment interests, with a major part of the "satellites" working population being integrated into the city and having stable social relations there.

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Author: Віталій Безгін


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09.03.2020 - 13:18
I am afraid that this idea of agglomeration of local units goes back to the mid-1990s. I gave a speech at a conference on municipal government in 1995 indicating that Ukraine needed to merge many of its local government units, as western europe had done. I also urged the government at that time to look at the Spanish model of defining local government responsibilities on an asymetrical basis depending on the population of the local units. In 2005, I edited and wrote the section of the UNDP National Human Development Report called "The Power of Decentralization" were we outlined the need for merging as well as defining functions of local units on an asymetrical basis. In 2010, I wrote a report under World Bank project again indicating that Ukraine needed to go to about 2000-2500 local government units, simplify the intergovernmental transfer system, and increase the own source revenues of the local governments, particularly the property tax. It seems things just take a little longer in Ukraine. But what a waste of time and resources that could have benefited the citizens of Ukraine.
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