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We enter final text of amendments to Constitution in terms of decentralization – Stefanchuk

KYIV. Nov 26 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Work on the draft law on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of decentralization is at the home stretch, chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk said.

"We have been talking about decentralization for quite a long time. Now we are at the finish line. Parliament has already adopted many important laws for the development of communities. While we are trying to form a final vision and reach the final text of the draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of decentralization," Stefanchuk said at a meeting with Head of the Democracy and Governance Department of the Directorate General II for Democracy of the General Secretariat of the Council of Europe Daniel Popescu.

According to him, it was possible to come to an agreement on almost all issues, but there are still a few nuances.

Stefanchuk said that at present, consultations with associations of local self-government bodies are being completed and the legal polishing of the text is to be completed.

"I really hope that by the Day of Local Self-Government (December 7) we will be able to discuss the final version of the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of decentralization, so that in the near future it will be submitted to parliament for consideration," the speaker said.

According to the website of the parliament, first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Korniyenko also took part in the meeting with Popescu.