10:12 | 15.03.2018
Online forum for starostas: topicality level of discussed issues increases
The number of participants of the online forum for starostas is increasing. 197 starostas from 23 oblasts (except the Rivne Oblast, where there are 19 elected starostas and 69 acting starostas) have already registered. The level of topicality of issues raised by starostas for discussion is also increasing.
On 6 March 2018, a research and practice workshop "Decentralisation of Power and Development of Local Self-Government: European Experience and Ukrainian Environment" was held in the city of Bila Tserkva as initiated by the Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University (BNAU), with the participation of the Kyiv Oblast State Administration, the DESPRO Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralisation Support Project in Ukraine, the Kyiv Centre for Local Self-Government Development, and the All-Ukrainian Association of Village and Town Councils.
On 5 March 2018, there was held a meeting of the competition commission of the DESPRO Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralisation Support Project in Ukraine regarding the selection of the winner of the competition for selection of a pilot project on financing investment projects for the account of proceeds from placement of local bonds.
On 28 February, the Committee on State-Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider the Draft Law (No. 6466) "On Voluntary Amalgamation of Territorial Communities" regarding the voluntary accession of territorial communities in villages and towns to the cities of Oblast subordinance. That legislative initiative is aimed at the deblocking of the communities amalgamation process around the centres of economic activity, which centres are the cities of Oblast subordinance.
There is a myth that the amalgamation of villages with a city may result in the disappearance of those villages. To either confirm or deny it, the "Decentralisation" publication had a talk with representatives of Tiachivska City Amalgamated Community in Zakarpattia Oblast consisting of the city of Tiachiv and several neighbouring villages: Tiachivka, Lahzy and Okruhla, Ruske Pole.
"To what end should communities amalgamate?" this very question became the top one for the participants of discussion on decentralisation held in the town of Krasnokutsk in Kharkiv Oblast.
The event was arranged for by the DESPRO Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralisation Support Project in Ukraine, with the assistance of the Krasnokutska Rayon State Administration and the Centre for Local Self-Government Development in Kharkiv Oblast.
Public Services and Monitoring Expert of the DESPRO Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralisation Support Project in Ukraine Mr. Vyacheslav Sorokovsky speaks about national peculiarities of waste collection in Ukraine, as well as how to get out of the rubbish noose.
On 8 February, the DESPRO experts held a workshop in Kyiv, which workshop was devoted to the planning of further cooperation in the area of water supply and sanitation, as well as the enhancement of managerial and organizational potential of municipal enterprises with the communities in target regions of the Project.
Public Services and Monitoring Expert of the DESPRO Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralisation Support Project in Ukraine Mr. Viacheslav Sorokovsky speaks about the National Waste Management Strategy and whether fines will be imposed on communities for dealing improperly with the "rubbish" problem.
The successful experience of joint projects implementation gave an incentive for the development of a new cooperation vector between the DESPRO and communities of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast during the IV phase of the Project and became the ground for signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the DESPRO Project, the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration, and the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council.
13:26 | 31.01.2018
Garbage Abyss: How Communities Have to Handle Waste
Taking the Tulchynsky cluster as an example, Public Services and Monitoring Expert of the DESPRO Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralisation Support Project in Ukraine Viacheslav Sorokovsky told how the waste should be handled in Ukraine.