Yatseniuk: Ukraine will conduct decentralization

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“Ukraine will conduct decentralization – Yatseniuk

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said reforms aimed at the decentralization of the country’s administration will be conducted in the country and all changes will be outlined in the new edition of the Ukrainian Constitution.

“Regarding the expansion of the powers of the regions. We have introduced a special position of deputy prime minister in the government, whose main task will be the decentralization of the administration. This large-scale reform will be conducted while preserving the unity of Ukraine, which will give the regions, cities, and districts broad powers and funding needed for the development of the regions,” he said in his address to the residents of the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine.

“This will primarily affect healthcare and the housing and utilities sector. Municipal police will be created. Local specifics will be taken into account in issues relating to education, culture, history, and its heroes,” Yatseniuk said.

“The parliamentary and presidential form of governance, to which we have returned, will make it possible to take into account the interests of all regions, instead of forcing the will of one region against other regions. Next year, you will elect mayors and local councils with broader powers, and these councils will form executive committees, which will run the regions instead of people appointed from Kyiv,” he said.

“All changes associated with the decentralization of the administration will be reflected in the new Constitution. We should write the Constitution together,” Yatseniuk said.