Contrary to mass misleading comments from the Kremlin, discussions of crucial reforms involving Ukraine’s regions is not an idea imported from Moscow or even Geneva. With or without Russian interference or advice, the Ukrainian government would seek regional input into the decision-making process, which in fact in did on Wednesday, with further follow-up planned in the regions.
The national dialogue platform gives the floor to any legitimate representatives of political parties, regional authorities, local self-government, civil society and academic community from across Ukraine to share their views on pressing issues of domestic policy. Local self-government reforms, balance of power within various branches of government, deregulation and curbing corruption are at heart of the talks, with regional agenda given a special focus.
The most anticipated outcome of the talks that we hope for is speedy advancement of the constitutional reform, which will ensure decentralization, empowering local communities. It’s at the very top of Ukraine’s domestic agenda, though it now also happens to be on our foreign-policy agenda, in line with the Geneva accord signed on April 17 by Ukraine, the European Union, USA and Russian Federation. Under the agreement, all sides committed to assist in de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine and inclusive constitutional reform.