Yurii Boyko: Powers, finance and balance – this is how the relationship between the central and local authorities have to be established
The balance of interests between the central and local authorities, powers and sufficient financial resources – this is how the relationship between the central and local governments should be built. This is enshrined in law, and it must be backed by political will.
“After the elections, the main task is to form city and regional councils as soon as possible. Our country is now like a blanket of scraps, with a very colorful political palette. In this situation, it is critical to maintain a balance between the local and central authorities. This will help avoid confrontation, which has been observed recently, with constant pressure on local authorities from the central one. The former didn’t understand what the latter demanded from them, there was neither sufficient funding nor subventions,” Yurii Boyko told reporters.
The politician noted that now the OPPOSITION PLATFORM – FOR LIFE political party is working on forming coalitions on the ground that will protect the interests of communities.
“Our factions will take an active position and become centers for unification of all responsible political forces in councils at all levels. Our goal is to fight the epidemic, overcome the crisis, provide social protection to the people and prevent the “Big Scheme” of plundering communities,” the party co-chair stressed.
In particular, he emphasized the importance of building a system of relations between the central and local authorities, in which local self-governments will have sufficient power and financial resources to implement them.
“Local self-governments should, in addition to responsibilities and instructions from the center, have all the necessary powers and financial resources to implement them. This will require, first, further reforms of inter-budgetary relations. Second, we want to ensure the transition to partner relations between local and central government. Third, regions need to be given the right to participate in the budgeting process and the right to vote in shaping public policy towards these very regions. As part of this process it is possible to hold local referendums and plebiscites on issues of particular importance to the people. This refers to the ones of language and culture”, the opposition politician said.
Therefore, according to Yurii Boyko, after the first sessions are held, city and regional councils are formed, it is necessary to build a new model of relations between the central and local authorities.
“Confrontation and time lapse should be avoided in every possible way. It is necessary to develop a balance and build a new model of relations between the central and local authorities with clearly delineated powers and sufficient financial resources. This is enshrined in law, and it must be backed by political will. And everyone will go for it, because the development of each city and village, development and future of Ukraine depends on it,” the co-chair of OPPOSITION PLATFORM – FOR LIFE emphasized.