itizens in all settlements and communities should receive fast and high-quality administrative services. Currently, there are almost 800 centers for administrative services provision (CASPs) in Ukraine, gradually this number should increase to 1,400. Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Communities and Territories Development Denys Shmygal told on Tuesday, February 18.
During the Approaching Services conference under the U-LEAD with Europe Program, which took place at the Ukrainian House with the participation of leading European experts, Denys Shmygal emphasized that the decentralization reform of today is the most successful in the country what was confirmed by high public credibility in the reform – over 80%, according to opinion polls.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, CASPs provide an example of the “crystallization” of this reform as they help regions to develop and grow their potential.
“The goal is rather ambitious – 1400 (CASPs – approx.), hence thanks to our donors, the European Union, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, we have a chance to take the next step with the help of the U-LEAD with Europe Program and this year to open other CASPs that will provide high-quality, fast, reliable and simple administrative services for the citizens,” said Denys Shmygal.
The Deputy Prime Minister also recalled that the first stage of the decentralization reform was planned to complete this year with holding local elections due in the fall.
It should be noted that the U-LEAD with Europe Program is one of the largest international technical assistance programs for Ukraine aimed to support decentralization and improve the quality of administrative services for the population. By the end of 2020, with the assistance and support of the program, up to 600 European standards compliant CASPs will be opened in Ukraine.