Thursday, March 13, 2014

Andriy Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv: Nearest steps for local authorities

Specific quick decisions that must be accepted in the near future in industry of local self-government. It is not a fantasy or dreams, but clear implementation of commitments by Ukraine, which we assume signing the European Charter of Local Self-Government.
1. To pass in a submission to local governments to police for Public Safety (municipal patrol andpolice inspectors) and the traffic police. (The events of recent months have clearly demonstratedthis need).

2. To pass in a submission to local governments Inspection of State architecture-building control. (In 2009, the city were denied the opportunity to control building of new objects on its areaThis is nonsense!)

3. To leave in local budgets 50% of corporate income tax. (This will allow cities to decide where to direct the funds not begging for them through government programs).

4. To transfer functions of control over the protection of the historical heritage to the local authorities. (Today Lviv denied the opportunity of such control. Building companies permits to build in the area through the Regional state administration or Ministry of Culture. Ministry officials, who had never been to Lviv, allow for a bribe to destroy our city).

5. To allow local governments to conduct their own costs through state banks rather than through the establishment of the Treasury. (At present, because of this limitation the state blocks for all cities of Ukraine tens of millions of our moneyOur money were elementarily spent officials of Cabinet of Ministers. Local communities become the hostages of irresponsible financial politics of the state. This should not be).

6. To perform in autumn 2014 pre-schedule elections of all local authorities. It will allow them to get legitimacy on implementation of new functions.

These are the steps that can be done very quickly. The next should be a broad program of strengthening local governance - the best vaccine against separatism.

For each of these points we have prepared and have given to the new government projects ofdecisions, that must be accepted in Parliament and Cabinet of Ministers. I believe that the Deputy Prime Minister on Regional Development Volodymyr Groisman, as a man who understands the problem from the inside, will be our ally in this matter.

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