This Sunday, 28 August, the first elections of chairpersons and members of local councils will be held in seven more amalgamated communities. Consequently, by the end of the summer, there will be 184 amalgamated territorial communities in Ukraine which are formed of almost 900 city, town, and village councils. It was so reported by Vice-Prime Minister - Minister of Regional Development, Construction, and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko.
The first elections will be held in the Illinetska city and Vapniarska town amalgamated communities in Vinnytsia Oblast (Region), in the Liublynetska town amalgamated community in the Volyn region. In Zaporizhia Oblast, the chairperson and members of local councils will be elected for the first time in the Dolynska village amalgamated community, and in the Rivne region, the first elections will be held in the Myrohoshchanska, Loknytska, and Kozynska village amalgamated communities.
"Those communities have taken the course of development, assumed the responsibility for the future of their territories, and taken a sure step to the new quality of life. I hope that in the nearest future neighbouring communities will join them to have more resources and opportunities for development. In addition, I expect that the Parliament will adopt a legislative package on the decentralisation as soon as possible and that the Central Election Commission will assist in terms of prompt consideration of the submissions made by Oblast State Administrations and schedule the first elections in territorial communities which have decided to amalgamate", emphasized Hennadii Zubko.
The Vice-Prime Minister reminded that for the purposes of improving the mechanism for establishment of capable communities the following draft laws should be adopted:
In addition, to enhance the financial and resource base of the local self-government, it is required to adopt the draft laws with respect to:
Also, the legal environment for the functioning of the institute of headmen in villages and towns of the amalgamated communities requires being improved. For this purpose, the adoption of the following draft laws is required:
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