Such an opinion was expressed by Sergii Chernov, the President of the Ukrainian Association of District and Regional Councils, the Chairman of the Kharkiv Regional Council, when he spoke today at the plenary meeting of the Council of the National Congress of Local Self-Government. “Our experience of state building in independent Ukraine proves that further formation of an efficient democratic model within its territory turns out to be impossible without intensive development of representative power in at regions, at the local level”, - he emphasized.

S. Chernov underlined that the issue of the reform aimed at extension of powers of local self-government, strengthening of its material base and attraction of communities to solving the problems of territorial development is actual already not for one decade. The European Charter of Local Self-Government ratified by the Supreme Court still in 1997 is not fulfilled in the full volume because the national laws, including the Constitution, fail to meet its requirements.

“An overcentralized system of state government makes a barrier to regional development, separates regions one from another, concentrating all the resources in the capital. It is in no way a European model we are aimed at. The drawbacks of its imperfection are well known to us, - said the Chairman of the Regional Council. – It’s clear that such global transformations as a reform of local self-government and administrative & territorial structure shall be carried out in a complex and, integrally and requires a reliable legislative base, including introduction of changes to the Constitution”.
In opinion of the President of the Ukrainian Association of District and Regional Councils, the constitutional reform initiated in Ukraine shall, apart from everything else, shall solve all the problems met in the state building. In particular, it finally shall bring the legislation into compliance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

“So the constitutional reform shall be continuously the focus of our attention, -S. Chernov emphasized. – It makes possible to bring building of local self-government and regional development out of blind corner by creation of the appropriate legislative base”.

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