At the round table in the VR returned to the question of the special status of Zaporozhye region

Today in the Verkhovna Rada a round table was held, during which they discussed socio-economic problems of the Zaporozhye region and the possibility to delegate the region of special economic powers to solve actual problems. The event was attended by 12 MPs, members of Zaporizhzhya regional Council, public figures, the scientific community, as well as the Deputy head of Zaporizhzhya regional state administration Eduard Gugnin, report “Ukrainian news”.

During the event, MPs from different factions expressed the view that spaceconnection will help Zaporizhzhya region address the current issues without any concurrence with the centre. The people’s Deputy Andrei Galchenko of the “opposition bloc” in his speech, said: “clearly, the region needs a special economic status, more economic freedoms, including financial. In the areas we need to leave 80% of the money earned. This will give us new jobs, respectively, we will be able to raise salaries, pensions and to increase exports by 66%, and this means the increase in the level of foreign exchange earnings to our country.”

The Deputy of Zaporizhzhya regional Council, Andrei Kushnirenko, said: “it is Necessary to transfer more powers to territorial communities, to give them the right to establish the SEZ and industrial parks without the consent of the centre, to elect governors and so forth.” Agree with him economist Vyacheslav Shutenko: “I see the decision of problems of the region: to develop and adopt the draft law on the FEZ, to initiate the redistribution of powers between the region and center. Perhaps for these initiatives will need to take an additional agreement between the region and Kiev”.

На круглом столе в ВР вернулись к вопросу спецстатуса Запорожской области

The discussion was supported by the head of the permanent Commission of Zaporizhzhya regional Council on economic development Lyudmila Love, and also people’s deputies Vyacheslav Boguslayev, Sergei Valentinov, Alexander Ponomarev, Peter Wanat, Yevgeny Balitsky and others.

Present at the round table the Deputy Governor of Zaporizhzhya region Eduard Gugnin was critical of the initiatives of the participants. “It is time to move from words to deeds, and not to put forward theories,” he said.

На круглом столе в ВР вернулись к вопросу спецстатуса Запорожской области

The event was summed up people’s Deputy Oleksandr Kodola: “We have heard constructive suggestions about giving special economic status of Zaporozhye region, of the draft law on FEZ… That was our first meeting at BP on the subject, and then will create a working group and their proposals, expert groundwork will go to the regions for their support,” he said.