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East Europe Foundation supported by USAID’s Competitive Economy Program invites territorial communities in Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv oblasts to participate in Regulatory Initiative.

Starting from November 2021 the new initiative will be launched, and it will be focused on improving the interaction between the local authorities, business, and the non-governmental sector based on interaction in the regulatory sphere.

Due to decentralization, local governance institutions have received the opportunity to manage all areas of activity on the local level. Therefore, now the local authorities have to ensure transparent, foreseeable, and effective regulatory policies to create a favorable business environment in their communities.

Within the initiative, we will provide to every selected community the complex expert support to improve the existing and develop new modern regulatory acts which will help upgrade the conditions for local businesses to boost local economic growth. Additionally, we will assist in conducting the effective information and advocacy campaigns to establish cooperation between the authorities, community, and businesses.

We offer help to the communities to improve regulation in the following areas:

  • introduction of the digital systems (digitalization and paperless approach);
  • regulations on municipal funds;
  • rent and privatization of communal property;
  • urban planning and architecture;
  • regulatory acts aimed at prevention of corruption on the local level;
  • advertising in municipalities;
  • regulations on trade in the municipalities and so on.

The abovementioned spheres are not the only ones included in the list. We will together select the most relevant areas which need improvement in every community.

How will the communities benefit from the participation in Regulatory Initiative? 

The local authorities will receive:

  • systemic approach to implement effective regulatory policies;
  • complex expert support in the development of draft regulatory acts;
  • introduction of the best practices of regulation of the national level adapted to the needs of their specific community.

Local businesses will get:

  • recognition of their needs and reduction of the regulatory pressure on their activities, especially on small and medium enterprises;
  • introduction of understandable and transparent practices and competitive conditions for conducting entrepreneurial activities.
  • Improving and simplifying the regulatory policy procedures.

Residents of the community will:

  • become involved in the development of the deregulatory initiatives and quality regulatory acts;
  • benefit from the improvement of business climate and increase of the investment attractiveness of their community;
  • gain from the increase of the production and export potential of their community.

Here is who can participate in the open call: representatives of territorial communities of Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv oblasts who are aiming to introduce the regulations which will help improve the local entrepreneurial environment. In total, at least seven territorial communities will be selected to participate in the initiative.

To participate in the open call, we invite you to fill out the form and send us an application which will include the following information:

  • your motivation for participation in the open call as well as the expectations from the activities we will be able to carry out together to increase the competitiveness of your community by improving the local regulatory environment;
  • presence of the examples of effective cooperation between the local authorities and local businesses;
  • information about your territorial community: its population, structure of the executive body of local governance institutions;
  • information about the unit and staff within a body of local governance working to ensure the systematization of the regulatory acts and publishing the information about carrying out the regulatory activities on the official website of local authorities;
  • information about the presence of institutions of public society which carry out activities to increase the efficiency of local cooperation for economic development, support small and medium enterprises and so on);
  • information about the local budget – annual amount of inflows, major sources, presence of small and medium enterprises.

Representatives of the interested communities can send the completed applications via email to until November 18, 2021. 

The subject of your email should be as follows: “Відбір громад для участі в Регуляторній ініціативі”.

In identifying the partner communities, East Europe Foundation will use the following criteria:

  1. Strong motivation for enhancing the dialogue with businesses and ensuring involvement of the private sector, especially small and medium enterprises, in the topic of policies and legislation which affect the business environment.
  2. Willingness to use the modern approaches to establish the dialogue between authorities, businesses, and the community as well as to apply modern informational tools.
  3. Willingness to identify a responsible person on behalf of the community to participate in the initiative.

Before sending an application, we strongly advise to look at the text of Regulations on the Selection Process.

The application form can be found here.

Timeframe of the Initiative:

  • 9–18 November – application open for the interested territorial communities to participate in the Initiative.
  • December 2021 – May 2022 implementation of the Initiative. 

Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at:

Regulatory Initiative is implemented within Business Support Organizations (BSOs) School 2nd Component “On Guard for Business Interests”. USAID CEP’s BSOs School is a two-year initiative to promote existing BSOs and create new BSOs in small cities throughout Ukraine, with two components. The 1st, implemented by CIVITTA, focuses on involving small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in local economic governance, establishing dialogue, and the joint efforts of local authorities and entrepreneurs for local economic development. The 2nd component, implemented by the East European Foundation, aims to monitor local authorities’ activities and increase transparency between local businesses and local government.

East Europe Foundation