What Does the New Law Mean for Local Council Officials? Expert’s Opinion.

28.02.2017
What Does the New Law Mean for Local Council Officials? Expert’s Opinion.

 

Depolitization, clear-cut legal status, and decent salary – Verkhovna Rada adopted a law promoting interests of local council officials. The document aims to make the service in the local self-government authorities more transparent and to motivate their officials to work more effectively.

Oleksandr Mishchan, expert of the Charitable Foundation for Social Development of the Kharkiv Region, clarifies the differences between the new and the old versions of the law, as well as the expected positive outcome for local officials

The new law provides local self-government officials with the following possibilities: 

1. Political and professional positions at the local self-government authorities will be legally separated. The new law abolishes the practice when after taking a post the new local leader changes the entire staff of the local self-government body. Thus, regular employees may keep on working for the good of the entire community without fearing a dismissal after elections.

2. The law depoliticizes service in the local self-government authorities. From now on, workers of the local self-government body are under prohibition to be local council deputies if they work for such council’s administrative office. Moreover, the document stipulates that no political views should exert influence on actions or decisions of a local self-governance worker, who must also abstain from demonstrating his/her own political preferences when fulfilling his/her official duties.

3. The law outlines a legal status of officials of the local self-government authorities, a clearer and more transparent procedure for service admission to the local self-government bodies, well-defined requirements for the competence of officials, as well as extensive training and professional development possibilities for them. 

4. Decent salary for employees of the local self-government authorities. On the one hand, it’s about a legally prescribed minimum fixed salary for every category of the local self-government officers. On the other hand, it’s about independent decision-making by self-government authorities on the assignment of decent salaries, if they have sufficient funds in their budget, without any limitations set by regulations of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.

Experts of the Charitable Foundation for Social Development of the Kharkiv Region will trace the progress of the decentralization reform and provide guidance to officers of the local self-government authorities, deputies of local councils, and representatives of local communities.

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