The Law of Ukraine
On Service in Bodies of Local Self-Government
Date of Entry into Force:
July 4, 2001
The Law of Ukraine “On Service in Bodies of Local Self-Government” (hereinafter referred to as “the Law”) regulates legal, organizational, material, and social conditions for the Ukrainian citizens to exercise their right to service in the bodies of local self-government, determines general grounds for activities of the officials of local self-government, their legal status, procedure and legal guarantees for serving in the bodies of local self-government.
The service in bodies of local self-government is a professional, regular activity of the Ukrainian citizens who hold posts in bodies of local self-government. This activity aims at helping a territorial community to implement its right to local self-government and specific powers of bodies of local self-government envisaged by the Law.
An official of body of local self-government is an individual who works in bodies of local self-government, has relevant powers to implement organizational instructive and consultative advisory functions, and receives salary at the expense of the local budget. This Law shall not apply to technical and servicing personnel of the bodies of local self-government.
Posts in bodies of local self-government shall be:
- elected posts to which individuals are elected by the territorial community;
- elected posts to which individuals are elected or appointed by the relevant council;
- appointed posts to which individuals are appointed by a village, settlement, or city head, or a head of a district, regional, oblast council through a competition or some other procedure envisaged by the legislation of Ukraine.
The right to the service in bodies of local self-government shall be given to the Ukrainian citizens, regardless of the race, skin color, political, religious and other beliefs, sex, ethnic and social origin, financial standing, period of residence on the relevant territory.
The following individuals cannot be hired for the service in bodies of local self-government:
- those recognized by a court as incapable;
- those having criminal record for committing a deliberate crime, if this criminal record was not spent or cancelled according to the procedure established by the Law;
- those who according to the Law were deprived of the right to hold posts in the bodies of state power and to be public servants or to hold posts in the bodies of local self-government within the established period of time;
- those who in case of admission to the service in bodies of local self-government will directly subordinate to the individuals who are their close or in-law relatives.
The officials of bodies of local self-government cannot be organizers of and direct participants in strikes and other actions that impede the fulfillment of powers envisaged by the Law by the bodies of state power, bodies of power of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or bodies of local self-government.
Upon the decision of body of local self-government, human resource reserve shall be created for holding posts and developing careers, which shall be approved by a village, settlement or city head, or a head of a district, regional or oblast council.
The age limit for doing service in the bodies of local self-government shall be 60 years for men and 55 years for women. These restrictions shall not apply to the officials of bodies of local self-government who are elected to the relevant posts.
Material damages inflicted by decisions, actions or inactivity of the officials of bodies of local self-government while doing their service duties shall be compensated at the expense of the local budget according to the procedure set forth by the Law.