A new Administrative Service Center (ASC) was opened in Komyshuvakha, an urban-type village in the Zaporizhia Oblast.
The new Center, created with the support from U-LEAD with Europe Program, will provide services of 89 types to the community’s 13 thousand residents. The opening ceremony was attended by high-ranked officials of the European Commission, the EU Delegation to Ukraine and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and by representatives of local authorities, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“This is a very good example of cooperation between Ukraine and the EU. It is a great honor for me to be present at the opening of a new Administrative Service Center. This is a sign of our close cooperation and a concrete example of improving services in a concrete community. I am pleased to see that decentralization reform, one of the key reforms in Ukraine, continues to bear fruits for people thanks to a close cooperation between the EU-financed U-LEAD with Europe Program and Ukrainian unified territorial communities,” Christian Danielsson, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations said at the opening ceremony.
UAH 1.3 million was allocated from the community’s budget for reconstruction of the ASC building. The Center presently has seven employees working there, plus one more working from a remote workplace. The Center’s entire personnel underwent a five-module advanced training program developed by Ukrainian and Swedish experts.
“In the past, services related to the state land cadaster could be received only in Orikhiv, i.e. several dozens of kilometers away from our place. But now, these services are available at the ASC here. In addition, it offers residence address, property and business registration services, and also, social, pension and notarial services,” Olha Tverdenko, Head of ASC section at Komyshuvakha Village Council stressed.
43 Administrative Service Centers have been opened in Ukraine since 2016 with the support from U-LEAD with Europe Program. This was the 13th Center opened in the Zaporizhia Oblast.
According to Cecilia Kruna, Head of Reform Promotion Section at the Swedish Embassy in Ukraine, the management of Komyshuvakha UTC found a very apt premise to accommodate an ASC.
“We are impressed with the joint efforts of Ukraine and the EU on implementing decentralization reform. We are pleased to be a part of this process. We have had a similar decentralization process in Sweden, so we do have something to share. We have the experience. We are pleased to see how Ukrainian communities are growing and becoming stronger,” Mrs. Kruna emphasized.
She also added that in Sweden, the healthcare and education systems reached the municipal level. The process of decentralization allows people on the spot to get involved in development of their area.
The new Center will have convenient opening hours. U-LEAD with Europe Program provided institutional support to the community with establishing the ASC, and also, IT equipment and furniture.
Another 10 ASCs are going to be opened in the Zaporizhia Oblast in the nearest future.
As reported earlier, 57 communities of the region have voluntarily united as of today, and elections in another eight communities will be held before the year’s end. The Zaporizhia Oblast is ranked fifth in the national rating of decentralization reform implementation.
U-LEAD with Europe Program is jointly financed by the European Union and its member states Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland and Sweden, and it supports decentralization reform and its sectoral areas.