In 2012, a local government reform will start in Ukraine, President Viktor Yanukovych told journalists in Odesa. "Its purpose is to decentralize power in order to increase the powers of the regions," he stressed.

According to the President, one of the pilot projects in the framework of the local government reform will be implemented in Odesa, and it will focus on planning the budget "from the bottom". Such projects will be implemented in several regions of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych added, ForUm lerned from the presidential press office.

The President noted that the reform of local government is also essential to ensure stability in the regions. "Any crisis is easier to manage if there is strong local government," said Viktor Yanukovych.

"Our goal is to improve the level and quality of life. Local government reform is an integral part of this process," the President said.

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