First Three Administrative Service Centres (ASC) Now Open in Newly Amalgamated Communities in Ukraine

SKL International implements the Inception Phase of the EU-funded Programme “U-LEAD with Europe” with the aim to support establishment and modernisation of effective Administrative Service Centres (ASC) in 26 pilot communities until the end of 2017.

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The first three pilot ASCs were opened in Tyachiv, Kipti and Hostomel amalgamated communities with input from Ukrainian and Swedish experts. The Centres will offer a wide range of administrative services to local residents including the most in-demand ones, such as housing subsidies, social services, pension service, registration of residence and removal of residence registration, land services and real estate registration. Among the 26 pilot centres the amount of provided services provided in each centre will vary from around fifty to just over a hundred.

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As a result of the programme Tyachiv community became the first amalgamated community in Ukraine that will be able to issue biometric passports and ID documents. For the residents of Tiachiv this means that they no longer have to travel 140 km to receive this service.

Sweden’s ambassador to Ukraine, Martin Hagström, was one of the opening speakers for the ceremony in Kipti amalgamated community, Chernihiv oblast. He emphasised the role of the ASCs in newly amalgamated communities as one of the keys to success for Ukraine’s on-going decentralisation reform, where amalgamation of communities is a driving force to strengthening democracy and the local self-governance.

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Within the Inception Phase of “U-LEAD with Europe”, SKL International provides support both to the institutional and physical establishment of ASC in newly amalgamated communities. Depending on the needs of the community, the physical support includes renovation works, furniture and IT-equipment, mobile and remote workplaces. The institutional support comprises support to working group and decision making regarding staff and services, training of staff, support to awareness raising and citizen participation and software technologies.

More about the inception phase is here: http://tsnap.ulead.org.ua/en/

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