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Poltava Oblast experience in inter-municipal cooperation was presented at the Roundtable of Ukrainian Parliament Committee

12-11-2018

On 9 November 2018, the Roundtable ‘Implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On Cooperation of Territorial Communities” – Progress and Development Prospects’. The Roundtable participants were the members Ukrainian Parliament Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government, representatives of local executive authorities and local self-government bodies of Vinnytsia and Poltava Oblasts, representatives of international technical assistance projects, state authorities of Armenia and experts.

The Law of Ukraine ‘On Cooperation of Territorial Communities’ was adopted in June 2014. As of October 2018, 1050 communities use the instrument of inter-municipal cooperation. According to the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine, the communities have implemented 263 inter-municipal cooperation projects in housing and public utility sector and in the spheres of municipal improvement, fire safety, education, health-care and social welfare.

The Roundtable aimed to create a platform for highlighting the best practices of inter-municipal cooperation and developing new ideas. Deputy Head of Ukrainian Parliament Committee Serhii Kudlayenko noted that the Roundtable was exceptional in terms of featuring the example of effective cooperation between the Oblasts. It was the first one in a series of similar events in various Ukrainian regions in order to disseminate the successful inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) experience. Poltava Oblast is taking a leading position in inter-municipal cooperation as 85 IMC projects have been implemented there. Vinnytsia Oblast, which currently ranks second, have implemented 55 IMC projects.

‘Inter-municipal cooperation is an innovation instrument in the process of implementation of local self-governance reform,’ Team Leader of Administrative Reform in Eastern Ukraine II Project Taras Zhuravel said. ‘Therefore, since adopting the Law of Ukraine ‘On Cooperation of Territorial Communities’ in June 2014, the Administrative Reform in Eastern Ukraine II Project implemented by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has been providing comprehensive support for its implementation at the national and local level, in particular, in Poltava Oblast. Our Project supported the development of sectoral IMC models in such spheres as solid household waste management, development of local fire protection service, internet technologies and administrative service delivery.’

Roundtable participants from Poltava Oblast shared their hands-on experience in inter-municipal cooperation. Larysa Kochur, Head of Administration of Pyriatyn City Council, presented IMC projects in solid household waste management, quality water supply in rural areas, administrative service delivery and the implementation of new information technologies ‘SMART Pyriatyn’. Oleksii Matyushenko, Head of Gadyach Rayon State Administration, told about the establishment of a network of Community Safety Centres. Within the framework of Poltava Oblast Call of Proposals of Local Development Projects and with the support of Administrative Reform in Eastern Ukraine II Project, 5 IMC agreements on the establishment and joint maintenance of local fire stations have been implemented. Inter alia, such divisions have been established in Petrivka-Romenske, Martynivka, Luka and Rashivka. Serhii Bulbakha, Head of Novi Sanzhary Rayon State Administration, shared the experience of implementation of 11 IMC projects in the fields of solid household waste management, energy audit and energy saving, implementation of modern information technologies, development of local fire protection stations and improvement of health-care services. Head of Semenivka Rayon Resource Centre for Local Development Svitlana Fedenko informed the participants on the outcomes of such IMC projects as ‘SMART Semenivka Rayon’, establishment of local fire protection service and the reconstruction of the sports stadium. Head of Department for Organisational and Legal Support at Reshetylivla Rayon Council Oksana Khyl focused on IMC projects in waste management, renovation and joint maintenance of a labour archive and providing rural residents with high-speed Internet access. The latter IMC projects ensured Internet access for 11 local self-government bodies and 16 social facilities – schools, libraries, kindergartens, village medical and obstetrical stations.

Besides, the system-based approach has been discussed in the context of IMC implementation.

The event has been organised by Ukrainian Parliament Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government with the support of Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralization Support in Ukraine DESPRO Project and Administrative Reform in Eastern Ukraine II Project implemented by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Photo: Vinnytsia Oblast Council