The OPPOSITION BLOC fraction in the Verkhovna Rada registered the draft law No. 9355-3 dated on December 4, 2018 on introducing amendments to the Land Code on the prohibition of alienation of agricultural land to the all-Ukrainian referendum. This was stated by the Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction Vadym Novynskyi, who, along with his one-party member Oleksandr Vilkul, is the author of the draft law.
“Of course, the formation of the land market is an important component of the market economy, and Ukraine will have to pass this path. But we insist the market to be fair to the people and transparent to all its participants. For this, first of all, it is necessary to complete the creation of the State Land Cadastre with clear boundaries of land plots and specified owners. Secondly, a sound grounding mechanism must be developed. Thus, we will be able to overcome the black land market, which is currently operating on large latifundists and does not allow for the development of family farming,” Vadym Novynskyi said.
The draft law makes the corresponding changes in Section X “Transitional Provisions” of the Land Code. In particular, the purchase and sale of land owned by the state, communal and private property, alienation, alteration of the purpose and the introduction of rights to land shares into the charter capital of economic partnerships before the holding of the all-Ukrainian referendum and the establishment of its results are prohibited. During the five-year period, the government will also have to conduct inventory of land.
Commenting on the necessity of the draft law, the Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC member faction noted that the ban on the alienation of agricultural lands should continue not annually, but before the referendum. “Let’s finally ask the Ukrainian people, who according to the Constitution belong to the land and its subsoil, about what he sees the fate of the agricultural lands, whether the development of small and medium-sized farming will be a priority, or whether the consolidation of land in the hands of large owners should occur,” Vadym Novynskyi stressed.