Hennadiy Zubko

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Hennadiy Zubko (born 27 September 1967, Mykolaiv) is a Ukrainian politician. Since 2 December 2014, he has been a Deputy Prime Minister — Minister for Regional Development, Construction and Housing, serving in the second Yatsenyuk Government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk and in the Groysman Government of Volodymyr Groysman.[1]

Education[edit]

He graduated from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, specializing in "Automated control systems", engineering, in 1991. He took courses in "Investment and financial management in the construction industry" (Northwestern University, Illinois, Chicago, 2003) and "Innovative Management" (2006). He received his MBA from the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Kyiv Mohyla Business School, in 2007.

Career[edit]

  • 1986-1988 — military service in the Armed Forces of the USSR.
  • 1988-1990 — software engineer at the Zhytomyr Regional department of technological connection.
  • 1991-1992 — software engineer of PE "Nyva", Zhytomyr.
  • 1992-1994 — commercial director of the Production Company "SERGYI", Zhytomyr.
  • 1994-1997 — director of LLC "Mayak", Zhytomyr.
  • 1997-2002 — director of "Tantal", Zhytomyr.
  • 2001 — Project Manager of JSC "LYNOS" at Lysychanskyi PSI.
  • 2003-2007 — head of the Department on coordination of organizations for installation of metal structures of the State Corporation "Ukrmontazhspetsstroy", Kyiv.
  • 2002-2010 — Deputy Chairman of JSC "Zhytomyr plant of walling constructions", Zhytomyr.
  • 2010–present — Chairman of the PSC "Zhytomyr plant of walling constructions".
  • 27 May-10 June 2014 — temporary head of the Administration of State Affairs.
  • 10 June-2 December 2014 — First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine.
  • 2 December 2014 – present — Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing.

Ukraine cabinet[edit]

The main priority of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing is the conduction of reforms on decentralization and energy efficiency. During the year of implementing these reforms, a significant breakthrough was made, including the adopting of a number of legislative acts, introduction of new programs and their funding.[2]

Also, the Ministry is responsible for the construction reform and introduction of market relations in the housing sector to provide consumers with quality services.

Hennadiy Zubko headed the government commission on investigating the MH17 catastrophe and the special commission on investigating causes of the crash of the ship "Ivolha". He also took care of issues of infrastructure restoration in Svatove affected by fires at the rocket and artillery weapon warehouses. In addition, he created an expert group to assess the damage caused by an emergency situation.

Decentralization[edit]

Decentralization reform implemented under the leadership of Hennadiy Zubko involves changes in education, health, social policy, public administration, local authorities, development of urban infrastructure, as well as energy efficiency measures.

In December 2014, the Budget and Tax Codes were amended, and fiscal decentralization took place in Ukraine. Thanks to these changes, local budgets in 2015 became surplus. Fiscal decentralization has allowed for the provision of more than USD 24 billion to local budgets. Using the State Regional Development Fund, the government financed 784 projects of infrastructure and provided them with USD 2.7 billion.

On 1 September 2015 the Law of Ukraine No.320-VIII "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Decentralization of Powers in the field of Architectural Control and Improvement of Town Planning Legislation" came into force. It reforms the system of state architectural control and transmits the respective functions and powers from the national to the local level.[3]

After adopting on 2 February 2015 the Law of Ukraine "On voluntary association of local communities", 6,300 territorial communities initiated their association.

159 associated communities took part in local elections on 25 October 2015. They elected their heads and local authorities. Since 2016, they should receive direct budgetary relations with the central budget.

In 2016, it is planned to give UAH 1.4 billion from the State Budget for subsidies to support joint local communities, meeting the long-term plans.[4]

The Ministry of Regional Development has developed criteria for assessing implementation of the state policy of regional state administrations: 27 indicators at 6 directions on a quarterly basis and 64 indicators at 12 directions each year.

The Ministry has also developed an Action Plan on implementing during 2015-2017 the National Strategy of Regional Development for the period until 2020, which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. The document should resolve such problems as the uniformity of territorial development, eliminate inter-regional socio-economic disparities, and stimulate economic activity and employment of residents of territorial communities.[5]

The government has provided contributions to the State Fund for Regional Development in the amount of UAH 2.9 billion for the support of 844 development area investment projects.

The international community assists the Regional Development Ministry in conducting decentralization. In particular, the EU planned to allocate EUR 90 million for implementing the decentralization reform.[6]

78% of the necessary laws for decentralization have already been adopted, and the other 22% are awaiting amendments to the Constitution. The future of the reform depends on approval of these amendments by the Ukrainian MPs.

Energy Efficiency[edit]

On 3 September 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Action Plan for the implementation of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU Directive 2009/28/EU "On promoting the use of energy produced from the renewable energy sources".

On 1 October 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers also approved the National Action Plan on Renewable Energy for the period until 2020 and Action Plan for its implementation. Implementing the plan will increase the share of energy produced from alternative fuel from 4.5% in 2013 to 11% in 2020.

On 28 September 2015, the Governmental Committee approved the draft Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine "On National Action Plan on energy efficiency for the period until 2020".

The Law of Ukraine "On energy efficiency of buildings", which provides energy efficiency of buildings in accordance with the EU requirements, was drafted as well.

"Urban Infrastructure" project was launched for the allocation of $140 million. The project was aimed at implementing measures to improve energy efficiency, reduce water losses and settle the day-night water supply in several cities.

Under the initiative of the Regional Development Ministry, the state now compensates for part of the energy efficiency loans and continued to do this in 2016.[7]

48 programs were adopted, providing for the compensation of loan interests under the energy efficiency measures. 13 programs are of regional character, 16 are for districts and 19 are for cities. As of 9 November 2015, since the start of the State Program on Energy Efficiency for the reimbursement of "warm" loans, UAH 111.7 million was transferred from the state budget. About 60,000 families participated in the program. Banks issued energy-efficient loans worth UAH 950.9 million.

The concept of the Energy Efficiency Fund - S2I was drafted to be launched in 2016.

Today the share of renewable sources in the total energy balance of Ukraine is 3.45%. The reform program envisaged by the government will increase it to 30% by 2030.

Construction Reform[edit]

The Ministry of Regional Development, led by Hennadiy Zubko, drafted a Decree "On the reallocation of governmental expenditures for the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing in 2015". It provided for the allocation of UAH 10.6 million to the budget for affordable housing.

Social and political activities[edit]

  • 2006-2010 — deputy of the Zhytomyr City Council of V convocation.
  • 2010-2012 — deputy of the Zhytomyr City Council of VI convocation.
  • 2010-2012 — head of the "Front of Changes" faction in the Zhytomyr regional council.
  • 2010-2012 — member of the Standing Committee on Budget and Municipal Property in the Zhytomyr Regional Council.
  • 2010–present — member of the Presidium of Zhytomyr NGO "Council of business leaders and entrepreneurs of Zhytomyr."
  • May 2012 – present — head of the Zhytomyr regional election staff of the united opposition of "Batkivschyna" All-Ukrainian Union.
  • 12 December 2012 – present — member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine elected on behalf of the All-Ukrainian Union "Batkivschyna" (single-mandate constituency No. 62); First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Construction, Urban Development, Housing and Regional Policy; member of the counting commission.
  • 10 June-2 December 2014 — First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration.
  • 2 December 2014 – present — Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing of Ukraine.

Scientific activity[edit]

In 2009 he completed his PhD at the Ukrainian Research Institute "Proektstalkonstruktsiya named after V. Szymanovskyi", Kyiv.

In 2012 he defended his thesis on "Organizational and technical measures for improving reconstruction of stadiums" at the Kharkiv National University of Construction and Architecture at the Department of Technology and Building Structures. He is the author of more than 10 scientific papers, and he holds a PhD degree in technics.

Awards[edit]

  • Order of Danylo Halytskyi (awarded on 10 September 2009) - for the significant contribution to the socio-economic and cultural development of Zhytomyr, conscientious work and on the occasion of the 1125 anniversary of the city.
  • Medal "For Distinction in Military Service", II degree (USSR, Decree No. 114, 28 August 1987).
  • Medal "70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR" (Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Decree No. 84, 1988).

Family[edit]

Wife: Lyudmila Mykolaivna. Children: Sergiy, Khrystyna.

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