December 7 – the Day of local self-government in Ukraine

This is the professional holiday of all who work in rural, township, urban, district and regional councils, who represent the many thousands squad of deputies.

7 грудня - День місцевого самоврядування в Україні

It is a celebration inherent in Ukrainians the image of public life, the basis of which a self-governing society. It is an ancient Slavic and ancient Russian tradition, which originates from the times of Kievan Rus. It is a choice of free citizens, who trust their elected representatives and give them power. Only that kind of power and is really popular — the power not over society, and the legitimate authority of society itself, for society and in the public interest, reports Rus.Media.

15 October 1985, the European States was approved by the international Covenant, which referred to “the European Charter of local self-government.” The Pact has played and continues to play a vital role in the formation and development of classical model of local government in the old and new European democracies.

Especially important is the Charter for an independent Ukraine, where the Institute for local self-government was 70 years old and now its resurgence is happening with great effort and problems. July 15, 1997 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the Charter, which thus became part of national law.

Unfortunately, since Ukraine’s ratification of the Charter, the law on local self-government and is not in compliance with a number of its basic provisions. Certain hopes were pinned after the introduction of the day of local self-government in Ukraine, which was established by the decree of the President from 25.11.2000 № 1250/2000. 7 December 1990, by the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR adopted the Law “On local councils of people’s deputies of Ukrainian SSR and local self-government.”

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The system of local government must meet the needs of the sovereign integral state. And the Day of local self-government could become a real point of reference, the legal basis in the process of restructuring of modern models of local self-government in Ukraine.

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