Background and relevance
During 2014 and 2015, legislation in Ukraine was adopted aiming to provide an enabling environment for decentralization reforms and to consolidate units of local governance. The process requires external support in such areas as improving service delivery, community security and social cohesion on local, regional and national levels. As a response to the above needs, the European Commission adopted U-LEAD with Europe Programme and budgeted 97 million euros for 2016-2020 (ENI / 2015 / 038 – 739).
The government’s commitment and the provided technical assistance under U-LEAD with Europe and other donors’ programmes create a momentum to implement the decentralisation reforms successfully. The integration of service provision is an essential part of the decentralisation reform package, and relates specifically to improving the accessibility and quality of public services. There is a need to create new Administrative Service Centers, primarily in capable amalgamated communities, and modernising the existing ASCs in small and medium-size towns
Component 2 of the U-LEAD with Europe Programme is mainly focused on creating and improving administrative service centers and awareness raising of citizens on local self-governance with the objective to improve delivery of local administrative services for the benefit of the citizens. U-LEAD Component 2 is implemented under indirect management (delegated cooperation) with Sida in accordance with Article 58(1)(c) of Regulation (EU, EUratom) No 966/2012.
Sida has divided the project into four sub-projects: