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The new Law On Principles of State Regional Policy 2015 includes sustainable development based on cultural heritage and regional historical, ethnic and cultural uniqueness.


Cultural infrastructures on the local level are threatened by 2015 Budget plans, as they will have to compete with other vital services for scarce resources.

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Ukraine/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.2 Division of jurisdiction

The basic laws establishing the division of cultural competence between different levels of government in Ukraine are the Law on Local Self-Governance (1997, amended 1998-2010), and the Budget Code of Ukraine (2002, with amendments 2003-2013).

Article 140 of the Constitution defines local self-governments as territorial communities of cities / towns, villages and settlements. According to Article 143, territorial communities are empowered to approve programmes of socioeconomic and cultural development and supervise their implementation.

On 28 February 2015, the President of Ukraine signed the Law on Principles of State Regional Policy adopted by Verkhovna Rada on 5 February 2015. Article 3 of this Law defines the main principles for regional development, including sustainable development based on cultural heritage and regional historical, ethnic and cultural uniqueness.

In the period 2005-2012, Verkhovna Rada approved the Law on Amendments to the Budget Code of Ukraine, which determines the financing of cultural institutions and programmes from the municipal (rayon) budget including: state cultural-educational and theatre programmes (theatres, libraries, museums, exhibitions, palaces and houses of culture, art schools); village, settlement and town palaces of culture, clubs and libraries. In other words, towns and villages of a municipality can direct their culture expenditures (if they can) to their own development.

Budget 2015 threatens the existence of cultural infrastructures on the local level, especially, in, so called, subsidised localities. Since the Budget Law introduces changes to the Law on Culture, allowing local authorities to reduce the cultural network on their own, they will have to make choices between vitally important spheres for scanty expenses. It's obvious that culture can't compete with social or security expenses. While the Budget envisages special subsidies for poor regions in education and health area, they are not projected for culture.

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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