Victor Yushchenko warned that he would seek bringing the budget process in accordance with the procedure and the lessons were drawn from the problems of this year’s budget.
The President called for a rational approach to the problems of budgeting, one of which is excessive centralization of the budget process. “We must formulate a clear approach in both political and economic sense. So long as Kyiv manages the lion's share of finances, which are a function of local government, we will not overcome corruption”, he said.
In this context he referred to the provisions of a draft amendments to the Constitution he had suggested, which should strengthen the role of local government, as a part of the process of strengthening democracy in Ukraine.
He called upon those present to actively participate in the national discussion of the draft constitutional amendments.