A meeting has been held between Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Volodymyr Rybak, and Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Chairmen of Regional, Sevastopol City Councils and Vice-Chairman of Kyiv City Council – Secretary of Kyiv City Council.

First Vice-Chairman of Verkhovna Rada Igor Kalietnik, Vice-Chairman of Verkovna Rada Ruslan Koshulinskyi, Head of Parliamentary Committee on State Building and Local Self-Government Davyd Zhvania, President of Ukrainian Association of District and Regional Councils, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council Sergii Chernov participated in the meeting.

The participants of the meeting discussed issues of further activity of Consultative and Advisory Council on Local Self-Government Issues of Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and reviewed proposals on its personnel. Ukrainian Association of District and Regional Councils submitted a proposal to conduct quarterly meetings of the Consultative and Advisory Council. The regions also provided a number of notes and proposals for the Council’s working plan aimed at improving its activity as an efficient instrument designed for ensuring constant connection between regions of Ukraine and Verkhovna Rada, as well as its corresponding committees.

During the meeting, Sergii Chernov addressed the Parliament’s leadership with a request to develop tactics and strategy for implementation of the Concept of territorial organization of power and the reform of local self-government draft of which has been discussed and supported in regions.

Besides, Ukrainian Association of District and Regional Councils suggested introducing amendments to Verkovna Rada regulations in order for every bill concerning regional development and local self-government to be agreed by national associations of local authorities.

Regional aspects of the state budget policy became an important issue at the meeting. Volodymyr Rybak called decentralization of power and the financial system, “budget federalism”, one of the primary tasks. In this context, he informed that, taking into account the results of the first quarter of the current year, amendments are planned to be introduced into the law on the State Budget. Representatives of Ukrainian Association of District and Regional Councils, in their turn, suggested the State Budget and its amendments to be adopted after consultations with national associations of local authorities, with corresponding Parliamentary committees acting as mediators.

Introduction of amendments to bills concerning local authorities employees` working activity and cooperation between territorial communities worked out on the regional level was also discussed at the meeting. Besides, land relations improvement, reformation of agricultural and industrial complex along with other issues were reviewed.

Taking into account the results of the meeting, Volodymyr Rybak assigned the tasks on summarization of the proposals for organization of efficient cooperation between regions and the Parliament.

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