CONCEPT OF ESTABLISHMENT OF THE IDP COUNCIL HAS BEEN PRESENTED IN LUHANSK OBLAST
At the roundtable meeting on «Strengthening the participation of the IDPs in the democratic processes of local government», the concept of the project on the establishment of the IDP Council was presented. The project provides for the creation of three pilot IDP Councils under the Luhansk Oblast State Administration, the Kramatorsk City Council and the Kharkiv Oblast State Administration. The IDP Council is planned as a consultative and advisory body, which will include internally displaced persons and residents of a certain territorial community representing interests of IDPs.
The purpose of the Council is to strengthen the participation of IDPs in community and political life, to facilitate the search for long-term solutions for IDPs, to increase the capacity of local authorities on integration of IDPs, to take into account the needs and interests of IDPs in the process of developing policies and decision-making at local level and more. The Council will be involved in the development and implementation of local policies and will be actively involved in the implementation of local government.
In addition, participants of the event, from non-governmental organizations, supported the joint appeal to the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on issues of internally displaced persons and appealed to the Luhansk Oblast State Administration with the proposal to grant the status of an advisory body to the IDP Council, whose task is the cooperation with the public sector in the development of decisions regarding the protection of the rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons and persons residing in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts.
The meeting was attended by the Head of the Department of the Ministry for Veterans Affairs of Luhansk Oblast, SerhiiKopylov, the Coordinator of the project in Luhansk Oblast (Stabilization Support Services) Yana Lyubimova and Yuliana Hasanbekova, the Director of the Department of Social Protection of the Luhansk Oblast State Administration, Eleonora Polishchuk, the Head of the Department for regulatory work and decentralization Vadym Laznikov, and representatives of NGOs for IDPs.