According to Volodymyr Groysman, the provision of administrative services should become a natural function of local self-governments


The provision of administrative services to citizens and business entities should become one of key functions for local self-governments. However, the current situation in Ukraine, when local governments are mostly focused on acceptance and release of documents and the government agencies keep the final authority to make decisions, is leading to complications in service delivery, to delays and lack of transparency of procedures. Inter alia, a similar situation occurred with registration at place of residence and passport issues, which are within the scope of the State Migration Service responsibility.

These issues have been discussed during the briefing on the draft law ‘On Amendments of Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine as Regards of Broadening the Powers of Local Authorities and Optimisation of Administrative Service Provision’ under the chairmanship of Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Municipal Economy Volodymyr Groysman. The draft law aimed at extending significantly the powers of local authorities in the provision of administrative service has been elaborated under the expert support of a public initiative ‘Reanimation Package of Reforms’ and the Reform of Municipal Services in Eastern Ukraine Project being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The draft law will be introduced for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the new convocation together with other draft laws on decentralization.

‘Funds provided from administrative service delivery will be forwarded to local budgets. Thus, local governments will receive not only extended powers, but also the resources to fulfill them. Alongside this, local communities will have to create appropriate conditions including modern technical supply of Centres for Administrative Services and capable staff. The function of administrative service delivery should be raised to automatic high performance and become the natural function of local self-governments in due course,’ Volodymyr Groysman pointed out.

The list of essential services provided by municipalities of the EU member states includes, inter alia, registration of vehicles and issuance of driver's licenses, civil registration, issuance of passports, registration at place of residence etc. As a general rule, a state reserves the right of monitoring the quality of these services.

Source: Press-relation service of the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine