Meeting of the Coordination Council Members of the "Civic Position" party
On February 16, 2017, a meeting of the Coordination Council members with the local City Council/District Council members and party activists of Kharkiv, Sumy, Poltava, Donetsk and Luhansk regions took place in Kharkiv and was accompanied by a workshop. The meeting was embedded within the framework of cooperation between the political party "Civic Position" (CP, "Hromadyanska Posytsiya") and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).
The total amount of participants was about 50 persons (members of the Coordination Council of the Party, local City Council/District Council members, party activists and experts of local self-government).
The members of the Coordination Council gave their evaluation of the current political situation in Ukraine and discussed important aspects and peculiarities of creating community associations. Additionally they talked about elections and the role of the CP in it. The local City Council/District Council members received recommended tasks to implement and spheres of activities to work in 2017.
Ihor Novosad, a member of the Coordination Council, said that cooperation of the CP and the FNF had significantly strengthened the Party.
The participants discussed crucial features and particularities of creating local community associations. In addition, they debated on relevant problems of local self-government. Decentralization of state power at the level of local communities requires forming a self-sufficient system of local self-government. The experts stressed, that in order to be effective, the state has to rely on a well-organized system of self-government in cities, villages and districts. One of the biggest problems of local self-government is the lack of financial resources. The experts noted that the majority of local communities have not enough financial resources to perform its functions. Lacking local financial resources is the most important problem of local self-government and first of all it should be solved by the state.
The participants noted that the meeting and the workshop were very interesting and quite useful. They believe the knowledge they received will definitely help the local City Council/District Council members in their work. Furthermore, party activists will manage to plan, organize and participate more effectively in the first local elections of the local communities.