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Ukraine's parliament might consider land market bill this week

The speaker of the Verkhovna Rada underlines there are seven alternative bills and he does not know, which of them will be the main one
17:56, 1 October 2019

Dmytro Razumkov, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
Zoya Shu/112.ua

Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Razumkov admitted that the Verkhovna Rada would consider the main and alternative bills on the land market this week, as 112 Ukraine reported.

“I believe that this week we will consider it,” Razumkov said answering the question about the terms of consideration of the bills on the implementation of the market of agriculture lands.

Later he specified: “I think that this week we will include this issue in the agenda of the parliament’s session.”

Related: Government unveils text of the land market bill in Ukraine

According to Razumkov, a few bills on this issue are registered in the Verkhovna Rada.

“They are elaborated now and the colleague mentioned that there are seven alternative bills. The time will show, which of them will be considered as the main one,” he added.

On September 25, the governmental land market bill was registered at the Ukrainian parliament.

As it was reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to draw up a bill on the land market by October and entrusted the Verkhovna Rada to adopt it and lift the moratorium on agricultural land sale by December 2019. In particular, the government has to develop and submit to the parliament a bill on the agricultural land market and lifting of the moratorium on land sales by October 1, 2019.  

Related: Nine points on Ukraine's new land market reform

On January 18, 2001, the Parliament adopted law #2242-III, which established that the owners of the land shares cannot sell, present or alienate the land plots in any other way; however, the lands can be bequeathed or sold for the state and public needs. This decision acts temporarily until the Land Code is adopted.

The Land Code #2768-III was adopted by the Parliament on October 25, 2001. The document established that it is forbidden to sell or alienate the lands and shares for the farm needs until January 1, 2005 (the exchange, bequeathing and confiscation for the public needs were allowed). This decision is called the moratorium on the sale of land since then. The action of this ban was extended nine times (in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017).

 

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