The Law of Ukraine

On Bodies of Self-Organization of Population

Date of Entry into Force:
August 15, 2001

The Law determines legal status, the procedure for organization and activity of bodies of self-organization of population.

A body of self-organization of population is one of the forms of participation of territorial community members of villages, settlements, cities and districts in cities in the solution of come local issues. Building, street, quarter committees, committees of microdistricts, committees of districts in cities, rural and settlement committees are the bodies of self-organization of population.

Basic tasks of the bodies of self-organization of population are:
- creation of conditions for participation of residents in the solution of local issues within the limits of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine;
- satisfaction of social, cultural, everyday and other residents' needs by the assistance in grant to them of respective services;
- participation in implementation of the programs for social and economic, cultural development of respective territory and other local programs.

The residents who live on the respective territory on legal grounds may elect and be elected to the body of self-organization of population. Any limitations of rights of the residents who live on the respective territory to participation in the corresponding body of self-organization of population depending on their race, color of skin, political, religious and other persuasions, sex, ethnic and social background, property state, language or other characteristics shall be prohibited. The territory, within the limits of which a body of self-organization of population operates, may be a part of the territory of village, settlement, city, district in city, within which the residents who chose this body live.

The Law contains norms that define the procedure for initiation, election and granting permit to set up a body of self-organization of population.

Permit to set up a body of self-organization of population is granted by village, settlement, city, district in city (in case of its set up) council. The body of self-organization of population is elected for the term of authorities of respective council, unless otherwise is envisaged by the council's decision or the provision on the body of self-organization of population.

Legalization of the body of self-organization of population shall be mandatory and shall be performed by its registration or notification of set up. In the event of registration a body of self-organization of population acquires the status of legal entity. Registration of a body of self-organization of population is performed by the executive committee of the respective council.

The following authorities may be granted to the body of self-organization of population within the limits of the territory of its activity during its set up:
1) to represent together with the deputies interests of the residents of house, street, microdistrict, village, settlement, city in the respective local council and its bodies, in local bodies of executive power;
2) promote adherence to the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, implementation of the Decrees of the President of Ukraine and bodies of executive power, decisions of local councils and their executive branches, orders of village, settlement, city head, head of district in city (in case of its set up) council and decisions adopted by the local referendums;
3) submit according to the set procedure suggestions to the projects of local programs of social economic and cultural development, respective administrative territorial units and projects of local budgets;
4) execute control over the quality of living and housing services granted to the citizens who live in apartment houses on the territory of activity of the body of self-organization of population and over the quality of repair work conducted in the above apartment houses;
5) other authorities.

A body of self-organization of population cannot be deprived of its authorities until the termination of its activity according to the set by law procedure. A body of self-organization of population may adopt decisions only of organizational and management nature as regards to the decisions referred to its competence. Decisions, actions and inactivity of the bodies of self-organization of population and their members may be appealed to the appropriate council or to the court.

Material basis of activity of a body of self-organization of population is the property that is transferred to its operative management by the council. Village, settlement, city, district in city council transfers to the body of self-organization of population respective funds, as well as material technical and other resources which are necessary for fulfillment of the above authorities and execution of control over their fulfillment.

Financial basis of activity of a body of self-organization of population shall be:
- funds of the respective local budget which are granted to it by the village, settlement, city, district in city (in case of its set up) council for fulfillment of the authorities given to the body of self-organization of population;
- voluntary contributions of natural persons and legal entities;
- other receipts which are not prohibited by the legislation.

Control over financial activity of a body of self-organization of population within their authorities shall be performed by:
1) village, settlement, city, district in city (in case of its set up) council and its executive bodies;
2) executive committee which registered the body of self-organization of population;
3) meeting (conference) of the residents at the place of residence;
4) bodies of state power.

Meeting shall be the form of work of a body of self-organization of population. Meetings of a body of self-organization of population are called by its head or deputy head insofar necessary, but not less than once per quarter. In order to ensure its work a body of self-organization of population may set up commissions, working groups, other bodies according to the procedure determined by the Provisions on this body.

Members of a body of self-organization of population shall perform their duties on a voluntary basis. Upon the decision of meeting (conference) of the residents at the place of residence the head and the secretary of this body may work in it on a permanent basis. Their work shall be paid from the funds transferred to the body of self-organization of population.
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