During the conference “Constitutional reform: results and prospects”, organized by the Council of Europe, Oleh Bereziuk, the chairman of the “Samopomich” Union faction, said that Ukraine had been under the despotic rule for hundreds of years, so it was not surprising that the power elites were infected with authoritarianism. And without decentralization, real decentralization, Ukraine will not be able to move forward because of the threat of recurrence of despotic government.
Commenting on the proposed changes to the Constitution regarding decentralization the chairman of the “Samopomich” faction drew attention to the hidden dangers of authoritarianism:
“The proposed changes to the Constitution bear the risk in terms of decentralization, and we have to professionally talk over these risks. The devil is in the details. When a prefect has the power to supervise the local authorities, this is alright, this is proper. However, it is a different story when a prefect ensures implementation of state programs and thus controls 90% of the money and has punitive functions in addition – a prefect will be able to take punitive measures against local communities by suspending their activities. These are the details which cannot be permitted in the state infected with the bacillus of despotism.”