The ceremony of handing over the keys to two mobile administrative service centers (ASCs) to the heads of Mezhova (Dnipropetrovsk Oblast) and Dunaivtsi (Khmelnytskyi Oblast) communities took place in Kyiv, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“I would like to thank our partners from the European Union for comprehensive, complex and lasting support of decentralization reform and for enhancing the capability of local self-government to provide quality services to Ukrainians living in communities,” Aliona Babak, Minister for Development of Communities and Regions of Ukraine, said.
According to the Minister, one of the government’s priorities is to provide quality administrative services to every resident regardless of where they live or of their ability to visit a stationary ASC.
Stefan Schleuning, Head of Cooperation Programs at the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine stressed that the EU will continue to provide support to this reform in our country. “It undoubtedly has improved lives of millions of Ukrainian citizens. We are very happy that thanks to U-LEAD with Europe Program, we were able to make a contribution to the success of this reform. We made it a truly collective European effort with the support from certain EU member states, such as Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland and Sweden,” he said.
Mr. Schleuning emphasized that mobile ASCs make services accessible for the most vulnerable categories of population living in remote locations, elderly people and people with disabilities.
ASC personnel underwent a training course developed by U-LEAD with Europe Program’s Ukrainian, Swedish and Estonian experts. Vulyk software complex developed under U-LEAD with Europe Program’s EGOV4Ukraine project was installed at mobile and stationary ASCs.
According to Susanna Dellans, Sida Program Director of U-LEAD with Europe, Sida is responsible under U-LEAD with Europe Program for creating over 500 fully-operational ASCs which would enable access to high-quality services by more than 7 million Ukrainians. These two mobile centers will go to their communities and start providing services to more than 50 thousand residents of 80 towns and villages. “They probably look more like painted marshrutkas, but they are very aptly designed for the comfort of both their staff and visitors. They are built to travel by roads of various types and operate in various weather conditions,” U-LEAD with Europe representative added.
GIZ Program Director of U-LEAD with Europe Bastian Veigel said that the Ukrainian government and community heads clearly showed that they are ready to take the initiative and bear responsibility for their own development.
“While working in a team on launching these mobile ASCs, we realized that this is a huge job, that huge efforts must be taken to prepare and launch these centers to make them truly operational. Today, we are handing over these mobile ASCs to two communities, and this is an excellent opportunity for them to show how the entire Ukraine and all these unified territorial communities (UTCs) make the country stronger by enhancing bodies of local self-government, and how the country adopts European values and the European model of self-government,” Mr. Veigel said.
It is expected that the mobile ASC in Dunaivtsi community will provide 24 services, and also, 191 services via the community’s and the district’s joint stationary ASC. Mezhova community’s center “on wheels” will provide 58 services via mobile ASC and 193 services via a stationary center.
About 10 mobile ASCs are expected to be launched as part of U-LEAD with Europe Program’s efforts aimed to improve the quality of administrative services. Six of these centers will be opened in the nearest future in Huliaipole City UTC (Zaporizhia Oblast), Dunaivtsi City UTC (Khmelnytskyi Oblast), Mohyliv-Podilskyi (Vinnytsia Oblast), Olevsk City UTC (Zhytomyr Oblast), and Ustyluh City UTC (Volhynian Oblast).
U-LEAD with Europe Program is financed jointly by the European Community and its member states Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland and Sweden, supporting decentralization reform and its sectoral projects.