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DECENTRALIZATION IN UKRAINE
This monthly newsletter is a brief overview of Ukrainian authorities’ work on implementation of Reform #1 in Ukraine
MARCH 2017
Excise Tax on Fuel will be Paid to Local Budgets in Accordance with
New Rules
On 6 March 2017, the Resolution of the Government providing for paying 13.44 % of the excise tax
on produced and imported fuel to local budgets became effective.
Earlier, local budgets received 5 % of the excise tax paid on the fuel sold in their territory. Consequently,
the communities which had no fuel stations in their territories did not receive any such tax.
The new mechanism of distribution of the excise tax on fuel should encourage reporting real salaries
and improve the efficiency of paying that tax, as well as ensure steady revenues for local budgets.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
The Share of Local Budgets Has Increased by Almost 50 % in the
Country's Consolidated Budget
The share of local budgets in the country's consolidated budget has increased and now it is close
to 50 % - this never happened in the history of Ukraine.
"The revenues of local budgets were expanding at outperforming rates in comparison with the State
budget revenues. Here, the increase of the minimum wage twice as much, up to UAH 3,200.00, played
an important role. Local budgets began to get a huge benefit", President of Ukraine Petro
Poroshenko
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
The Law on the Status of a Village Headman has Become Effective
On 12 March 2017, the Law on the status of a village and town headman in amalgamated communities
became effective.
The Law sets forth the status of a headman more precisely by determining dimensional boundaries
of his/her activity, terms of reference, grounds and procedures for the early termination of powers,
guarantees of activity, etc.
In particular, the applicable laws introduce the notion of "headman's circuit" - one or several villages
(towns) within the territory of an amalgamated community where the interests of the inhabitants
are represented by the headman. By this, the ubiquity of the institute of headmen within the boundaries
of an amalgamated community is introduced, thus guaranteeing the protection of rights and interests
of the inhabitants of all villages and towns.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
The Law on Voluntary Accession of Communities has Become
Effective
On 19 March 2017, the Law on a voluntary accession of communities became effective.
The Law simplifies the procedure for a voluntary amalgamation of territorial communities, vests
the communities with the right of acceding, under a simplified procedure, to an already amalgamated
community. It will facilitate the establishment of actually capable communities in accordance with
the approved Long-Term Plans and in compliance with the Methodology of Establishment of Capable
Territorial Communities.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
PAGE 1 OF 4
DECENTRALIZATION IN UKRAINE
The Law Regarding the Amalgamation of Communities Established at
the Boundary of Rayons has been Adopted
On 14 March 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted as a whole the draft law regarding the
peculiarities of voluntary amalgamation of territorial communities located in the territories
of neighbouring Rayons, which law allows holding the first elections in a number of already
amalgamated communities.
It is expected that, upon its adoption, the Central Election Commission will have indisputable grounds
to call the first local elections in more than 30 amalgamated communities waiting for it for more than
one year.
In addition, the draft law will allow completing the process of amalgamation of dozens of communities
established at the boundary of Rayons which, because of the position of the Central Election
Commission, were not in hurry to make their final decision.
"The communities are voluntarily amalgamating and willing to jointly build the future on the basis
of their traditions and culture rather than in accordance with any artificially erected boundaries
of Rayons. Many communities found themselves beyond the possibilities of restoring their historic
amalgamation that was lost under the Soviet system", Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Regional
Development, Construction, and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
The President Proposed to Improve the Law "On Service in the
Bodies of Local Self-Government"
On 22 March 2017, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko returned, with alternations, the earlier
adopted law Law "On Service in the Bodies of Local Self-Government" to the Parliament.
The President has only two observations on the Law.
Firstly, the President proposes to use the minimum subsistence level rather than the minimum wage
when determining the level of official rates of pay to officials of local self-government.
Secondly, according to the President, the procedure for entry to the service in local self-government
bodies subject to the results of the competitive examination should also be extended to village deputy
heads and town and city deputy mayors.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
The Decision on the Establishment of Regional Development
Agencies Has Already Been Made in 21 Oblasts
The decision on the establishment of regional development agencies has already been made
in 21 Oblasts, which agencies will assist the local authorities to implement regional strategies.
Such agencies have even been registered in 10 Oblasts, whereas no efforts in this regard have been
made in three Oblasts so far.
"The main objective of establishment of a regional development agency is to enhance the institutional
capacity of Oblasts for their development, increase the investment potential of regions. The agency
is the centre of cooperation between the government, private and public sectors. It operates
as an office providing consultations and practical assistance in the course of preparation
and implementation of programmes and projects for regional development. At the local level, they
are becoming more aware of the important role assigned to such agencies and what powerful
assistance they may offer to the regions", First Deputy Minister of Regional Development,
Construction, and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Viacheslav Nehoda.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
PLEASE SEE PAGE 3
This monthly newsletter is a brief overview of Ukrainian authorities’ work on implementation of Reform #1 in Ukraine
MARCH 2017
DECENTRALIZATION IN UKRAINE
SKL International will Assist 12 More Amalgamated Communities
to Establish Administrative Service Centres
On 14 March 2017, the Memorandums of Cooperation were signed between representatives
of 12 amalgamated territorial communities and SKL International with respect to the establishment
of administrative service centres in those communities.
In those 12 communities, it is scheduled to renovate and equip the administrative service centres,
as well as conduct training for relevant specialists and carry out awareness campaigns on the activities
of such centres by the end of the year.
The first 14 amalgamated communities signed memorandums of cooperation with SKL International
with respect to the establishment of administrative service centres on 24 January 2017.
SKL International implements the Initial Phase of the U-LEAD Component 2 project "Establishment
of Administrative Service Centres and Raising Public Awareness on the Local Self-Government"
in terms of the development of administrative service centres, which project is funded by the European
Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The total amount
of funding is EUR 800 million.
According to the U-LEAD Component 2, it is planned to open not less than 24 administrative service
centres in the established amalgamated communities by the end of 2017 and more than 600 centres,
by the end of 2020.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
The Tariff Decentralisation is Starting
The National Energy and Public Utilities Regulatory Commission passed the resolution
on the expansion of powers of communities in the areas of setting tariffs for heating supply, water
supply and sanitation.
Local authorities will generally set tariffs in the area of heat energy production, transportation,
and supply.
74 % of the currently operating licensees in this area will become subject to licensing by local
authorities.
Also, local authorities will generally set tariffs in the area of water supply and sanitation as well.
67 % of the currently operating licensees in this area will be supervised by local authorities.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
The Regulation on a Hospital District has been Approved
On 2 March 2017, the Ministry of Health approved the Model Regulation for a Hospital District
determining the organisational principles of hospital districts operation, as well as rights and obligations
of the authorities cooperating within the boundaries of a hospital district.
The hospital district is not a separate level of executive power organisation, a separate legal
or business entity.
City (in the cities of Oblast subordinance), Rayon Councils and Councils of amalgamated territorial
communities cooperating in the area of health care are participants in a hospital district.
The Hospital Council shall be established in a hospital district with the aim of determining problematic
issues, coordinating actions, developing proposals with respect to the implementation of the state
health care policy at the hospital district level, as well as the organisation and operation of health care
in the hospital district. It operates like an advisory body established by participants in the hospital
district.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
PLEASE SEE PAGE 4
This monthly newsletter is a brief overview of Ukrainian authorities’ work on implementation of Reform #1 in Ukraine
MARCH 2017
DECENTRALIZATION IN UKRAINE
The Government has Approved the Boundaries of Hospital Districts
in 11 Oblasts and in Kyiv
On 23 March 2017, the Government approved the boundaries of hospital districts in 11 Oblasts
and in Kyiv.
That decision makes it possible for the regions to establish hospital councils, prepare 5-year strategic
plans, and encourage investments in the health care industry.
Such opportunities were gained by Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Luhansk, Poltava,
Rivne, Ternopil, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Chernihiv Oblasts and the city of Kyiv.
"The regions which were the first to start reforms and which are looking at the development
of the network of their health care institutions from the strategic point of view are quite aware that they
will win and will be prepared in terms of quality for the introduction of the insurance medicine. I am sure
they will be the first to get support from the Government in terms of funding and encouragement
of investments both for the health care infrastructure and the repair of roads for patients to be able
to get to hospitals", Deputy Minister of Health Pavlo Kovtonyuk.
SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE
PAGE 4 OF 4
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This monthly newsletter is a brief overview of Ukrainian authorities’ work on implementation of Reform #1 in Ukraine
MARCH 2017

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Decentralization newsletter March 2017

  • 1. DECENTRALIZATION IN UKRAINE This monthly newsletter is a brief overview of Ukrainian authorities’ work on implementation of Reform #1 in Ukraine MARCH 2017 Excise Tax on Fuel will be Paid to Local Budgets in Accordance with New Rules On 6 March 2017, the Resolution of the Government providing for paying 13.44 % of the excise tax on produced and imported fuel to local budgets became effective. Earlier, local budgets received 5 % of the excise tax paid on the fuel sold in their territory. Consequently, the communities which had no fuel stations in their territories did not receive any such tax. The new mechanism of distribution of the excise tax on fuel should encourage reporting real salaries and improve the efficiency of paying that tax, as well as ensure steady revenues for local budgets. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE The Share of Local Budgets Has Increased by Almost 50 % in the Country's Consolidated Budget The share of local budgets in the country's consolidated budget has increased and now it is close to 50 % - this never happened in the history of Ukraine. "The revenues of local budgets were expanding at outperforming rates in comparison with the State budget revenues. Here, the increase of the minimum wage twice as much, up to UAH 3,200.00, played an important role. Local budgets began to get a huge benefit", President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE The Law on the Status of a Village Headman has Become Effective On 12 March 2017, the Law on the status of a village and town headman in amalgamated communities became effective. The Law sets forth the status of a headman more precisely by determining dimensional boundaries of his/her activity, terms of reference, grounds and procedures for the early termination of powers, guarantees of activity, etc. In particular, the applicable laws introduce the notion of "headman's circuit" - one or several villages (towns) within the territory of an amalgamated community where the interests of the inhabitants are represented by the headman. By this, the ubiquity of the institute of headmen within the boundaries of an amalgamated community is introduced, thus guaranteeing the protection of rights and interests of the inhabitants of all villages and towns. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE The Law on Voluntary Accession of Communities has Become Effective On 19 March 2017, the Law on a voluntary accession of communities became effective. The Law simplifies the procedure for a voluntary amalgamation of territorial communities, vests the communities with the right of acceding, under a simplified procedure, to an already amalgamated community. It will facilitate the establishment of actually capable communities in accordance with the approved Long-Term Plans and in compliance with the Methodology of Establishment of Capable Territorial Communities. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE PAGE 1 OF 4
  • 2. DECENTRALIZATION IN UKRAINE The Law Regarding the Amalgamation of Communities Established at the Boundary of Rayons has been Adopted On 14 March 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted as a whole the draft law regarding the peculiarities of voluntary amalgamation of territorial communities located in the territories of neighbouring Rayons, which law allows holding the first elections in a number of already amalgamated communities. It is expected that, upon its adoption, the Central Election Commission will have indisputable grounds to call the first local elections in more than 30 amalgamated communities waiting for it for more than one year. In addition, the draft law will allow completing the process of amalgamation of dozens of communities established at the boundary of Rayons which, because of the position of the Central Election Commission, were not in hurry to make their final decision. "The communities are voluntarily amalgamating and willing to jointly build the future on the basis of their traditions and culture rather than in accordance with any artificially erected boundaries of Rayons. Many communities found themselves beyond the possibilities of restoring their historic amalgamation that was lost under the Soviet system", Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Regional Development, Construction, and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE The President Proposed to Improve the Law "On Service in the Bodies of Local Self-Government" On 22 March 2017, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko returned, with alternations, the earlier adopted law Law "On Service in the Bodies of Local Self-Government" to the Parliament. The President has only two observations on the Law. Firstly, the President proposes to use the minimum subsistence level rather than the minimum wage when determining the level of official rates of pay to officials of local self-government. Secondly, according to the President, the procedure for entry to the service in local self-government bodies subject to the results of the competitive examination should also be extended to village deputy heads and town and city deputy mayors. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE The Decision on the Establishment of Regional Development Agencies Has Already Been Made in 21 Oblasts The decision on the establishment of regional development agencies has already been made in 21 Oblasts, which agencies will assist the local authorities to implement regional strategies. Such agencies have even been registered in 10 Oblasts, whereas no efforts in this regard have been made in three Oblasts so far. "The main objective of establishment of a regional development agency is to enhance the institutional capacity of Oblasts for their development, increase the investment potential of regions. The agency is the centre of cooperation between the government, private and public sectors. It operates as an office providing consultations and practical assistance in the course of preparation and implementation of programmes and projects for regional development. At the local level, they are becoming more aware of the important role assigned to such agencies and what powerful assistance they may offer to the regions", First Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction, and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Viacheslav Nehoda. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 This monthly newsletter is a brief overview of Ukrainian authorities’ work on implementation of Reform #1 in Ukraine MARCH 2017
  • 3. DECENTRALIZATION IN UKRAINE SKL International will Assist 12 More Amalgamated Communities to Establish Administrative Service Centres On 14 March 2017, the Memorandums of Cooperation were signed between representatives of 12 amalgamated territorial communities and SKL International with respect to the establishment of administrative service centres in those communities. In those 12 communities, it is scheduled to renovate and equip the administrative service centres, as well as conduct training for relevant specialists and carry out awareness campaigns on the activities of such centres by the end of the year. The first 14 amalgamated communities signed memorandums of cooperation with SKL International with respect to the establishment of administrative service centres on 24 January 2017. SKL International implements the Initial Phase of the U-LEAD Component 2 project "Establishment of Administrative Service Centres and Raising Public Awareness on the Local Self-Government" in terms of the development of administrative service centres, which project is funded by the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The total amount of funding is EUR 800 million. According to the U-LEAD Component 2, it is planned to open not less than 24 administrative service centres in the established amalgamated communities by the end of 2017 and more than 600 centres, by the end of 2020. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE The Tariff Decentralisation is Starting The National Energy and Public Utilities Regulatory Commission passed the resolution on the expansion of powers of communities in the areas of setting tariffs for heating supply, water supply and sanitation. Local authorities will generally set tariffs in the area of heat energy production, transportation, and supply. 74 % of the currently operating licensees in this area will become subject to licensing by local authorities. Also, local authorities will generally set tariffs in the area of water supply and sanitation as well. 67 % of the currently operating licensees in this area will be supervised by local authorities. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE The Regulation on a Hospital District has been Approved On 2 March 2017, the Ministry of Health approved the Model Regulation for a Hospital District determining the organisational principles of hospital districts operation, as well as rights and obligations of the authorities cooperating within the boundaries of a hospital district. The hospital district is not a separate level of executive power organisation, a separate legal or business entity. City (in the cities of Oblast subordinance), Rayon Councils and Councils of amalgamated territorial communities cooperating in the area of health care are participants in a hospital district. The Hospital Council shall be established in a hospital district with the aim of determining problematic issues, coordinating actions, developing proposals with respect to the implementation of the state health care policy at the hospital district level, as well as the organisation and operation of health care in the hospital district. It operates like an advisory body established by participants in the hospital district. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 This monthly newsletter is a brief overview of Ukrainian authorities’ work on implementation of Reform #1 in Ukraine MARCH 2017
  • 4. DECENTRALIZATION IN UKRAINE The Government has Approved the Boundaries of Hospital Districts in 11 Oblasts and in Kyiv On 23 March 2017, the Government approved the boundaries of hospital districts in 11 Oblasts and in Kyiv. That decision makes it possible for the regions to establish hospital councils, prepare 5-year strategic plans, and encourage investments in the health care industry. Such opportunities were gained by Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Luhansk, Poltava, Rivne, Ternopil, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Chernihiv Oblasts and the city of Kyiv. "The regions which were the first to start reforms and which are looking at the development of the network of their health care institutions from the strategic point of view are quite aware that they will win and will be prepared in terms of quality for the introduction of the insurance medicine. I am sure they will be the first to get support from the Government in terms of funding and encouragement of investments both for the health care infrastructure and the repair of roads for patients to be able to get to hospitals", Deputy Minister of Health Pavlo Kovtonyuk. SOURCE: DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER WEB-SITE PAGE 4 OF 4 Press center of Government Initiative “Decentralization of Power” To subscribe: decentralization@minregion.gov.ua | a.golotenko@despro.org.ua This monthly newsletter is a brief overview of Ukrainian authorities’ work on implementation of Reform #1 in Ukraine MARCH 2017