“To recommend the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to adopt as the basis the bill on amendment of some legal acts of Ukraine on turnover of agrarian land…#2178-10,” the message said.
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.
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).