During its regular weekly meeting, Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers has reviewed the draft Law of Ukraine “On public self-organization bodies.” The new law is justified by the fact that the existing regulations do not adequately ensure performance of the public self-organization bodies (PSOB). For example, a number of the regulatory gaps and the ambiguity of the provisions of the Procedure for establishment and operation of public representative bodies raise obstacles for solving the urgent problems at the local level, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.

The new Law will clearly define the legal status, establishment procedure, organization of activities, early termination of powers, and liquidation of the public self-organization bodies.

Experts say the measures should clarify a number of aspects of activities and organization of local communities. For example, the bill introduces a definition of the term “micro community” and defines the powers of the public self-organization bodies. In addition, the new regulation expands the list of principles for organization of activities of the community associations, simplifies the procedure for their establishment and registration, and specifies their terms of office, as well as their composition and structure. Interestingly, the document provides for four territorial activity levels of such bodies.

Eventually, if the Law is passed, it will regulate the legal status of the public representative bodies at the local level, and most importantly – clearly define their legal status. The law will establish additional safeguards for operation of these structures, as well as create conditions for direct participation of the members of local communities in addressing local issues.

Experts say the public self-organization bodies are the representative bodies of local communities, which combine the features of both public authority and a social organization. On the one hand, they are involved in addressing the issues of local significance, which implies certain powers within the territory in which the associations are organized. On the other hand, like social organizations, PSOB work on a volunteer basis, and their activities are based on the principles of voluntary execution of certain powers of public authorities. In other words, they are organized by citizens and act as house, street, community, and district committees in cities and villages.


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