After heated discussions, the Verkhovna Rada extended for another year, until January 1, 2019, a moratorium on the sale of agricultural land.
Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction in the parliament, Oleksandr Vilkul, before the vote, called on the deputies not to allow the authorities to start selling out the last, what remains of the country and people – it is the land.
"One option is to simply extend the moratorium for another year. And although this is half-measure, we will support it.
However, another moratorium does not solve the problem in fact, but only gives another delay. An effective solution should be to ban the sale before the all-Ukrainian referendum.
Let the power come out and say: we, the power, for the sale of the land. And we, the opposition, will come out and say that we are against the sale of land. The final decision on what to do with the land must be accepted by the people to whom it belongs."
"For" moratorium voted 236 deputies.
Vilkul stressed that the next step should be the introduction of changes in the transitional provisions of the Land Code of Ukraine – before conducting and establishing the results of the referendum to introduce a ban on the sale of agricultural lands, including alienation in other ways – the emphyteusis and the introduction of land in the authorized capital.
At this time, if the owner has a need to sell the land, he will be able to sell it to the state at market value. This price should be determined on the basis of prices for agricultural land in the EU.
"In this process we are open to dialogue with all political forces that do not want Ukrainian villagers to become serfs on their native land," Oleksandr Vilkul stressed.