Saturday, 19 June 2010

Kyiv's first deputy mayor Popov to take charge of housing and utilities reform

Newly appointed First Deputy Head of Kyiv City State Administration Oleksandr Popov will take charge of reform of the housing and utilities services in the capital city, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said.

"Popov will be conducting reforms in Kyiv. The capital city should become a role model, a generator of reforms, a pilot project of the renewal of the housing and utilities [sector]," he said while commenting on Wednesday on ex-minister for housing and utilities Popov's appointment as first deputy mayor of Kyiv.

The premier stressed that this staff decision is aimed at strengthening the capital city's administration.

He noted that after the government analyzed the situation in the capital and started helping the local authorities, certain improvements had taken place, but they are going too slowly.

"The life in Kyiv is changing, but not as drastically and not as fast as it should," the premier said.

As reported, Housing and Utilities Minister Oleksandr Popov was appointed the first deputy head of Kyiv City State Administration, replacing Anatoliy Holubchenko.

Popov,was born in 1960 in Kryvy Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region. He graduated from Tyumen Engineering and Construction Institute. Popov headed housing and utilities ministry in 2006-2007 and in 2010.

Before his appointment as minister in 2010, he was a member of the Ukrainian parliament for the Regions

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