Artur Tovmasian, Cheirman of Kharkiv Regional Council, held a meeting with officials of law-enforcement and controlling authorities, where they discussed the issue of control over the use of regional funds.

Roman Dudin, Head of the Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkiv region, Serhii Chyzh, Police Colonel, Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of the National Police in Kharkiv region, Oleksandr Filchakov, Head of Prosecutor's office of Kharkiv region, Stanislav Kosinov,  Head of the North-Eastern Office of the State Audit Service of Ukraine, coworkers of the Executive Apparatus of the Regional Council took part in the meeting.

Having stressed the necessity of increasing control over the use of regional funds, Artur Tovmasian mentioned: “On one hand, we have a vast number of projects of development of infrastructure in communities which are included into the program of social and economic development. First of all, we are talking about social, medical , educational and other objects which have strategic meaning for the region. On the other hand, money laundering that entered the shadows, deprives these projects of chances to be implemented without proper funding from the regional budget”.

He informed that over two thousand projects have been implemented for 10 years of conducting regional competition of mini-projects of development of territorial communities “Together into the Future” on conditions of co-financing. 370,7 million hryvnias was used, out of this sum part of the regional budget amounted to 181,7 million hryvnias.

According to the Chairman of the Regional Council, the implementation of a vast majority of projects of the competition in one way or another allowed to achieve the intended results, but there are cases when serious questions to customers and contractors arise. An example of poor performance is the mini-project “Arrangement of the embankment in the center of the village of Lyptsi”, which won the competition "Together into the Future" in 2020. Project budget: 299,799 hryvnias including 149,890 hryvnias from the regional budget. The mini-project provided for the arrangement of the beach area, paving, installation of benches and lighting, landscaping of the embankment of the Lypets river.

"Although the project was opened, the quality of implementation was unsatisfactory. Unfortunately, this case forces us to look for tools to increase control. It is about irresponsible use of regional funds and about discrediting the very idea of the competition "Together into the Future" - the implementation of local initiatives that enable the growth of welfare in communities," Artur Tovmasian said.

The rest of the meeting was devoted to the legality of the work of regional municipal enterprises. Including, prevention of cases of violation of the legislation by their heads or officials.

According to the Chairman of the Regional Council, the joint property of territorial communities of villages, settlements, cities of the region includes 172 operating enterprises, institutions and establishments in various fields: most of them are medical (65 non-profit municipal enterprises), social welfare, culture, education and others.

Artur Tovmasian also said that a draft decision of the regional council on approving the Procedure for auditing enterprises, institutions, establishments that are subjects of common property of territorial communities of the region is currently being prepared. It is planned to invite representatives of law enforcement and controlling authorities to take part in such inspections.

“Checking the legality of regional municipal enterprises aims at increasing the efficiency of use of common property of communities in the region, saving money and providing a revenue side of the budget, improving the quality of services to the population,” Artur Tovmasian is convinced.

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