Today in Kyiv, Sergii Chernov, the Chairman of the Kharkiv Regional Council, the President of the Ukrainian Association of District and Regional Councils, and Gennadiy Temnyk, the Minister of Regional Development, Construction, and Communal Living of Ukraine, have signed the Memorandum on Cooperation between the Association and the Ministry of Regional Development, in order to promote development of local self-government and territorial communities.

Under the Memorandum, the Association and the Ministry shall cooperate in the following fields: improvement of territorial organization of power, administrative and territorial structure, development of local self-government; construction, architecture, city building, communal living, housing policy, improvement of population centers; architecture & construction compliance control and control in the field of communal living.

The document also determines the priority lines of cooperation. These include: institutional and organizational support of development of local self-government, construction, architecture, city building, communal living; improvement of normative and legal regulation on organization of activities of local self-government authorities; development of engineering infrastructure of territories; attraction of investments and promotion of social and economic development of territorial communities.

To implement the said cooperation lines, the Association, on its part, shall monitor issues of concern in the field of local self-government and development of communal living, shall develop proposals as to their solution and initiate introduction of changes to the Laws of Ukraine, aimed at improvement of development of territorial communities.

The Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, and Communal Living of Ukraine, on its part, shall prepare legal documents on organization of activities of local self-government authorities, separation of powers of local executive authorities and local self-government authorities, administrative and territorial structure and merger of territorial communities. The Ministry is also responsible for regulatory and legal provision of state support for development of local self-government, as well as for measures aimed at adaptation of national legislation on local self-government to the requirements of the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

To promote coordination of actions and monitoring of fulfillment of tasks defined by the Memorandum, it is provided for to create the Coordination Council on Development of Territorial Communities attached to the Ministry of Regional Development. The sessions of the Council shall be held more than twice a year. The Memorandum shall come into force from the date of its signing and be valid for three years.


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