Only 20% of territorial communities of Ukraine have statutes, Maksim Latsyba, an expert of the Ukrainian independent center for political research, said during a sitting of the coordination board, ForUm's correspondent reports.

The majority of citizens of Ukraine are deprived of a possibility to influence decisions of local authorities. "Unfortunately, only about 20% of territorial communities have statutes, which means the majority of Ukrainians are deprived of the right to participate in legal procedures and influence decisions of local authorities," he pointed out. 

According to Latsyba, such cities as Zhytomyr and Sevastopol still do not have statutes. Moreover, the majority of provisions of statutes limit citizens' right to local initiative. For example, the number of members of an initiative group in Rivne must not exceed 1000 people, while the maximum number for Chernovtsy makes 500 people. 

At the same time, some city councils have very high requirements for the number of signatures, necessary to submit a local public initiative to the local authorities: Kyrovohrad - 19.6 thousand signatures, Ivano-Frankivsk - 18.2 thousand, Chernihiv - 23.1 thousand.

"To initiate a hearing in Uzhgorod, for example, residents must collect 31.8 thousand signatures, etc.," the expert specified. 

In his opinion, exercising their activities local authorities must follow international standards, established by European legal acts.

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