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 STATE IS SEEING GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT CRISIS

The Donbas blockade has revealed that the country is experiencing a government vacuum, as in government that is ready to communicate with the public directly and make managerial decisions as the situation demands.

The Regional Development Council that took place with participation of the president, the prime minister, and the country’s leadership, as well as the meeting of the president with the factions leaders are a response to this palpable lack of governance, and an attempt to show that the governance is here — right here, on a TV screen.

I sense that the political outcomes of the blockade are becoming as important as the economic ones.

The government has to speak with the public not only through PR technologies, but also with strategies and structure decisions — the crises require personal initiatives and responsibility of the leaders.

Prime Minister Hroisman said he didn’t even vote for the NSDC decision on the blockade introduction. Great. A key economic issue is being considered, and the PM skillfully avoids responsibility. He’s not at the blockade, he doesn’t talk to the people, he doesn’t convince anyone, he’s not even at the NSDC meeting — although a Cabinet policy issue is being considered.

The public is raging, but the head of the government charges the solution of the political issue to the police. I think Hroisman has been affected by the “Yatseniuk syndrome.” It’s an occupational hazard of a prime minister in a parliamentary presidential republic when he starts thinking of himself not as a political leader but a technocrat. And that someone else is to secure political stability and working conditions.

If the president and the prime minister decided to hold the Regional Development Council and the meeting with the factions leaders as a one-time PR event, that’s a bad policy, for it will bring no consistent changes. The country is seeing the government management crisis; it needs to be taken care of, and one-time events will change nothing.

The government’s efforts need to be based on consistent management processes. For that purpose, the meetings of the Regional Development Council with mayors, governors, parliamentary factions’ leaders, representatives of regional councils must be regular. They should not be trolling Sadovyi [Lviv Mayor — ed.], but help Sadovyi and help the others. In order to stop tearing this fragile governmental substance.

I really hope the authorities will make these meetings regular, because only a joint dialogue might reveal real problems and be used for strategy development.

It’s time to stop being like “I know everything!”, “All is clear to me!”, and start searching for compromise ways and taking into account communication with those who support this governance in the regions.

The president has his vertical; the prime minister has his. It’s time to stop meddling in small private matters and ambitions and start jointly, with all elected regional and local leaders, developing single policy and decisions. This is the governance that we all need.

I believe it would be a good idea to summon the Regional Development Council every month. If they have an agenda and a discussion, if they have certain agenda similar to NSDC, the governance efficiency will rise.

Another thing. The government has to start making periodic reports in the Rada. Real parliamentary control is helpful for the executive branch: it involves structured criticism, voicing of priorities, terms, and solutions to problems. I do not understand why the Cabinet allows itself not to report regularly of its work during the crisis.

The crisis in Ukraine is not some hostile activities. The real crisis is the lack of required solutions.

Yurii Butusov, Censor.NET
 
 
 
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