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The Business Ombudsman Council provides recommendations to state bodies on the basis of individual cases and in accordance with published systemic reports. Here we have collected information on the implementation status of systemic recommendations only.

Report name
Issued recommendations
Execution status

Systemic report "Combatting raidership: current state and recommendations"

To develop a single regulations, which would set forth the procedure for assigning postal addresses to immovable property in the territory of Ukraine and harmonization of the latter with the existing legislative provisions.

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services

In process
— comments: On 20 March 2018, the Council received a letter from the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services dated 02.03.2018. No.7/14-2227, according to which it prepared Draft Law "On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine regarding Improvement of Urban Development" (dated 04.05.2016 No.4585), which governs the issue of assigning postal addresses to construction sites within and outside the settlements. However, by the letter of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 30.12.2017 No.7532/0/2-17, the said draft law No.4585 was withdrawn from VR. At present, suggestions for regulating the issue of determining the procedure for providing an address for a construction site are included in the draft laws "On Introducing Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Improving the Investment Climate in Ukraine" (No.6540 dated 06.06.2017) and "On Amendments to Certain Legislative acts of Ukraine in the sphere of urban development" (No.7085 dated 06.09.2017), which are included in the agenda of the seventh session of the VRU of the eighth convocation in accordance with the resolution of the VRU of No.2149-VIII dated 10 March 2017. On 22.03.2018 the draft law "On Amendments to Certain Legislative acts of Ukraine in the sphere of urban development" No.7085 dated 09.06.2017 was adopted in the first reading. At the moment, the draft law is being prepared for second reading.

Systemic report "Challenges for government and business in dealing with local government"

To finish drafting regulations governing the decentralization of government powers in all branches and spheres providing administrative and social services, and clearly identify the functions of local executive bodies and LGAs at all levels in terms of providing such services.

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services

In process
— comments: A number of laws have been adopted , the provisions of which regulates the issue of delegating powers from executive to local authorities, in particular, powers in the field of architectural and construction supervision (control) and improvement of urban planning legislation; provision of an administrative service for issuance of permits and provision of administrative services through the ASCs (Administrative Services Centers).

To establish a constitutional basis for regulating the devolution of power and simultaneously instituting state oversight of LGA decisions while continuing to work on amending the Constitution as necessary, via Draft Law No.2217а dated 1 July 2015 "On amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding decentralization of power)".

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

In process
— comments: Status as of 10 December 2015 Committee's submission for review was presented. Pending review.

To institute drafting transparent competitive procedures for selecting personnel to staff LGAs and the executive bodies of local governments, and formulating the necessary qualification requirements.

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services

In process
— comments: As of today, the outdated procedure for conducting a competition for filling vacancies of civil servants listed in the CMU Resolution No.169 dated 15 February 2002, is being followed.

To join forces with all-Ukrainian associations of LGAs to draft a law establishing the procedure for the further functioning or elimination of county councils in counties whose boundaries coincide completely with those of territorial communities.

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services
Regional State Administrations
All-Ukrainian associations of LGAs

In process

To support the Bill "On prefects," which give prefects the power to rescind any acts by local government agencies that violate the Constitution or Laws of Ukraine and simultaneously appeal to a court.

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

In process

To provide a mechanism for taking individuals working at local government agencies to court, for instance, by amending the Criminal Code and the Code on Administrative Violations to increase the liability of government personnel at the local level.

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services

In process

Systemic report "Reducing the risk of corruption and attracting investment to the construction industry"

To propose amendments to Ukrainian land legislation to directly obligate LEBs to re-sign leasing agreements for land plots with new owners of the properties following a simplified, transparent procedure

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services
Ministry of Justice

In process

Systemic report "Natural monopolies vs. competitive business: how to improve relations"

To develop the legal framework for establishing the authority of local government agencies and the procedure for determining the priority of contracts for the purchase of heat energy, should two or more heating supply companies be connected to the heating network.

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services

In process
— comments: Article 21 of the Law of Ukraine "On heat supply" sets forth the conditions for the increase of competition in the heat energy market and establishes basic principles of such competition, which, however, were not further developed. In particular, the procedure for conducting tenders for prioritizing conclusion of the heat energy purchase contracts, should two or more heating supply companies be connected to the heating network, is not currently developed or approved.
To hold consultations with licensees, experts and the public on issues regarding hooking-up of producers and consumers to heating networks and ways to resolve them.

National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission
Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services
Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine

In process
— comments: The NEURC in cooperation with the consultants of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform is working on drafting relevant regulatory documents for hooking up to centralized heating supply system. Within the framework of this USAID project, the NEURC’s specialists are members of a working group on the development of the procedure (methodology) for hooking up to heat networks, calculation of the hooking-up fee and financing of hook-up services, etc. The said procedures (methods) are not yet approved and therefore relevant consultations should continue to be carried out, if necessary
To renew the rules for connecting to water supply and sewage systems so that they regulate, among others, the issue of providing/receiving Technical Specifications, establishing the hooking-up fees for the water supply and sewage networks based on a formula using the costs of the works and services needed at various stages in this process.The new rules should clearly define “access” and “connection/hook-up” as well as contain norms that regulate a number of issues related to:issuing and receiving hook-up permission;drawing up construction blueprints showing the water and sewage connections;providing and receiving Technical Specifications, which includes establishing the order or methodology for formulating the value of specification issuing services;establishing the procedure for paying for a hook-up that includes the value of works and services at various stages of this process, including works and services related to hooking up to water supply and sewage networks;determining the equity contribution, with th s intention of preventing cases where customers are pressured under the guise of an equity contribution to buy materials and/or to carry out certain works on behalf of the provider that are not directly related to the procedure of hooking up ordered by the customer;covering temporary connections;launching networks for further transporting of water resources;changing ownership to prevent abuse and setting excessive installation requirements.

National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission
Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services

In process
— comments: According to the information provided by the NEURC and the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services, the latter is currently working on amendments to the Rules for the use of centralized municipal water supply and sewage systems in settlements of Ukraine, in particular, to regulate the issue of specifications for hooking-up to centralized water supply and sewage systems. The relevant task is included in the Plan of applied scientific and technical developments in the priority areas of activity in the spheres of construction, housing and communal services and regional development of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services in 2017. To date, the relevant changes have not been developed and approved.
To develop a plan for the switch from cost-plus rate setting to RAB methodology for power and gas companies and implement all the necessary measures to ensure incentive-based rate setting in centralized heating, water and sewage services.

National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission
Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services

In process
— comments: During 2015-2017, the NEURC has developed a regulatory framework for implementation of incentive management in the fields of energy and utilities, namely power transmission, power distribution field, heat- water supply and sewage. Thus, the Council is currently attempting to identify areas in which the concept of switching from "cost plus" rate setting methodology to RAB has not been yet developed and needs further regulatory settlement.
To draft amendments to the respective asset valuation methodology to improve the base for assessing and verifying results.

National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission
Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry
Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services
State Property Fund of Ukraine

In process
— comments: The representatives of the NEURC, together with the SPFU representatives, participated in the working group on development of amendments to the Methodology for valuation of assets of natural monopolies entities, business entities on adjacent markets in the field of combined production of power and heat energy, approved by the SPFU Order No.293, dated 12 March 2013. Based on Working Group joint work results and cooperation with the USAID Project consultants, the changes were prepared for consideration and proposals, as well as sent for the SPFU’s consideration by the letter No.1510/18/7-17 dated 13 February 2017. Preparatory work for introduction of incentive management in the field of heat supply with respect to development of aggregate cost of reproduction value, which shall be attached to the Methodology, is carried out directly by the participants of the pilot project, namely PJSC "Kyivenergo" and PJSC "Oblteplocomunenergo" in Chernihiv with the participation of the State Enterprise "Scientific - Research institute of Building Production”.

Systemic report "Getting access to electricity"

To hook up a customer’s power unit to power network pursuant to contract only (without filing a separate application).

Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Residential Services

In process
— comments: In accordance with the Section 3 of the Code on Distribution Systems, the DSO/oblenergo implements long-term planning for the development of the distribution system, including conducting all the necessary researches and assessments/forecasts. For this purpose, the DSO develops a DSO Development Plan, which is to be submitted for approval to the Regulator in accordance with this Code.The DSO Development Plan is a document that contains the planned items of new construction, reconstruction and technical re-equipment of the distribution system for the next 5 calendar years, with the definition of the required amount of investment and the timing for the implementation of the relevant measures.Therefore, we assume that the electrification of a certain territory may be included to the DSO development plan.