It was informed earlier that the president ordered to create Council for regional development. One official will be responsible for evelopment of each administrative region of Ukraine (there are total of 24 - ed.).
As of now, two appointments to the Council have been been made. Serhii Berezenko will develop the Chernihiv region, and Presidential Administration deputy head Rostyslav Pavlenko is responsible for the Kherson region.
The abovementioned regions were the first in question for they border with other countries and terrirtories - the Kherson region with the occupied Crimea and the Chernihiv region with Russia, Kovalchuk said. Due to possible invasion threat, the president is very demanding to border regions authorities, he added.
Kovalchuk reminded that the goal of creation of Council for regional development was to implement the state regional policy, to apply effective legislation, and to enhance the decentralization process.
According to Kovalchuk, the Council will prevent corrupted officials from halting reforms in the regions, and will be an important platform for development and implementation of decisions within the state regional policy. Consolidated implementation of the decentralization reform will also be part of the Council's activities.
For reference: Serhii Berezenko was born in 1984 in Vinnytsia in a family of doctors. He subsequently moved to Kyiv.
Berezenko was a Sobor party member in 2004-2005. In 2005, he became head of the NGO 'Ukrainian Youth Sobor."
He has been an independent politician since January 2006. In June 2006 Berezenko became adviser to Kyiv city mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi on family, youth, sports, and tourism matters.
He has been head of the Main department on family and youth matters of the Kyiv City State Administration since September 2006. Berenko was Kyiv city council deputy as member of Leonid Chernovetskyi Bloc.