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Ukrainian Parliament adopts bill on land sale market opening

Source : 112 Ukraine

240 MPs voted in favor of it - 227 of them are representatives of the Servant of the People party
16:29, 13 November 2019

Verkhovna Rada of 9th convocation, first session, August 31, 2019
Zoya Shu/112.ua

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the committee bill on the opening of the agricultural land market № 2178-10 as a basis. 227 MPs from the Servant of the People party and 13 nonparty MPs voted in favor of it, 240 in total.

The live broadcast of the plenary session was provided by 112 Ukraine TV Channel.

According to the draft law, by January 1, 2024 citizens of Ukraine and Ukrainian legal entities, as well as foreign citizens or companies, who have been using Ukrainian lands for at least 3 years (for example, renting it), will be able to acquire ownership rights of agricultural land.

The draft law stipulates certain restrictions - there can be no more than 35% of the lands of the terraced city in one pair of hands and no more than 8% of the region or Crimea; no more than 0,5% of all agricultural lands of Ukraine.

Related: EU supports launch of land market in Ukraine

Breach of all these restrictions may justify the forced alienation of land.

As we reported earlier, agrarians came to the building of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kyiv, protesting against the opening of the land sale market. The correspondent of 112 Ukraine TV channel reported that from the site. 

The protesters stand against the respective draft bills considered at the session today (November 13, - 112 International). They say if it is passed, they will not be able to buy the land and compete with large agrarian holdings", the reporter said.

The people went for an improvisation: they brought a dead pig to the Parliament, put it into a coffin and said they planned to bury it next to the Constitution Square, near the Parliament building.

Related: Ukraine is on verge of opening land market: What do we know?

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