Self government

Ukraine: Local Self-Government Forum in Lviv

The Ukrainian authorities remain committed to the principles of good democratic governance and continue their efforts to strengthen local self-government in accordance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government. How can this process be ensured while full-fledged Russian aggression continues? It is one of the main titles of the 9th Local Self-Government Forum in Lviv (Ukraine), which takes place on September 21-22, 2022in a hybrid format.

The main thematic sessions of the Forum are designed to identify the best solutions to the following questions:

  • What is the optimal distribution of local powers and responsibilities in the context of war?
  • How to preserve local finances and economic sustainability?
  • How to coordinate energy security measures at municipal level?
  • What is needed for the recovery of local communities and what can local authorities do to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) and facilitate their integration?
  • Metropolitan governance: is it relevant?
  • Civil service at local level: how to improve the existing legal framework and harmonize local and central services?

The Forum brought together 150 local authorities in person, as well as many online participants. The Center of Expertise for Good Governance of the Council of Europe is a partner of the event through its Program “Strengthening decentralization and public administration reform in Ukraine”.

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Welcoming the participants, Steen NØRLOV, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine and Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for the co-ordination of its co-operation programmes, positively assessed the progress of the reform of the decentralization in Ukraine which was evolving successfully before Russia’s aggression. The decentralization reform had been so successful that it was not even among the reforms still needed to join the European Union, but it needs to be finalized. He reassured the audience of the strong and continued support of the Council of Europe to Ukraine, and spoke about the preparation of a new framework document for the next four years on “Resilience, recovery and reconstruction”.

Council of Europe experts Markiyan DACYSHYN and Myroslav KOSHELIUK will moderate the debates on metropolitan governance and social cohesion. They will present the Council of Europe’s recommendations to Ukraine on these issues and its continued targeted support through policy and legal advice, as well as a grant program responding to current challenges.

To answer these and other questions and in response to a request from the Parliamentary Specialized Committee on Local Self-Government, the Council of Europe’s Center of Expertise for Good Governance has prepared the Policy Opinion on the roadmap for the revival of local autonomy Consequences of the war (CEGG/PAD(2022)3 of June 30, 2022).

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera