The leader of the OPPOSITION BLOC party, Yevhen Muraiev, and the mayors of Ukrainian cities — members of the OPPOSITION BLOC — adopted a resolution on joining forces to carry out deep economic, cultural and humanitarian decentralization in Ukraine.
The resolution on cooperation was adopted based on the results of the “Future of Cities” Forum, which was held on July 9 in Kharkiv. The Forum was attended by 28 mayors and 64 representatives of local governments.
The participants of the meeting delegated the OPPOSITION BLOC to support in the new parliament all initiatives aimed at carrying out deep decentralization.
“Only the OPPOSITION BLOC will be able to carry out real decentralization in Ukraine. The party gathered under its banners mayors of cities, industrialists, businessmen, entrepreneurs, representatives of the united territorial communities, village and village councils. We constantly work with people, we know their aspirations and problems,” said the mayor of Kharkiv, Hennadii Kernes, during his speech. – In recent years, any project had to be coordinated with Kyiv. Everything has become politics, the previous power demanded kickbacks for all. We oppose this approach!”
The resolution of the Forum states that the center should have only national management functions: foreign policy, monetary policy; military establishment; state security; implementation of national and international infrastructure projects.
Meanwhile, the community should receive the following powers: disposal of infrastructure facilities, roads (except for roads of national and international importance), humanitarian sphere, pre-school, school and secondary special education, and medicine. Judges must be elected directly in the community, by direct secret ballot. Police should be subordinated to the municipalities.
“We, representatives of local self-government, and the OPPOSITION BLOC party are the unifying factors that must do everything so that our country is strong and indivisible,” said the Mayor of Uzhhorod, Bohdan Andriyiv, at the Forum. - Ukrainians in Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, Odesa or Lviv do not differ. We all love our country and wish it prosperity.”
To achieve this goal, for the sake of restoring peace in the country, as well as solving economic and social problems, the OPPOSITION BLOC is ready to unite in the Verkhovna Rada with healthy political forces.
“Today I have the feeling that we are choosing the estrade, rather than the parliament,” noted the leader of the OPPOSITION BLOC, Yevhen Muraiev. “But there must be professionals in parliament.” And I think that the OPPOSITION BLOC team is the most professional. In its composition, there are people of the action. They know what is necessary for every city or village; they do not need orders from Kyiv. I am absolutely sure that after the events of 2014, our country resisted only thanks to local governments. Currently, territorial communities show maximum efficiency not because of the government, but contrary to it, fighting for every penny and its effective use.”
According to Yevhen Muraiev, 1575 draft laws developed by the OPPOSITION BLOC create a new formula for the country, in which complete and comprehensive decentralization will take place, rather than declarative one.
“The victory of the OPPOSITION BLOC in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada will also be a victory for the forces of peace, progress and creation,” the resolution says.