Ambassador of the European Union to Ukraine Matti Maasikas has urged the Ukrainian authorities to hold anti-corruption audit of the State Land Cadastre before the launch of the land market to prevent the abuses as Maasikas stated at “Ukraine 30.Land” forum.
“The anti-corruption audit of the State Land Cadastre is important to prevent the abuse and provide that the reform will bring the convenience for people,” Maasikas said.
However, the audit is not the only thing that Ukraine should do before the launch of the land market. According to Maasikas, in general, the Ukrainian authorities should implement four key actions that have to be assumed within the Road Map of land reform until July 1.
“The first is the adoption of three resolutions by the Cabinet of Ministers and development of software for their implementation, including an automatic check of limit on possession of 100 hectares,” Maasikas noted.
The next step is the comprehensive communication campaign for informing owners and users of land about their rights and possibilities.
The third step is the development of public monitoring system on land sales, a list of transactions, and requests for legal backing tied with land issues.
Besides, the ambassador added that the farmers should have access to credit provision from the launch of the land market.
“You have the best black soil in the world; you would be able to nourish whole Europe. A well-performing market of agricultural lands would enable it. Moreover, this reform will transform many sectors in Ukraine, provides advantages, particularly, small farmers, lead to investments in the agriculture industry and it will facilitate the diversification of the agriculture products. It will also help the further development of the credit market and it will enhance local management,” Maasikas said.
He added that the successful land reform, first of all, will open new huge extra potential for the Ukrainian economy.
As we reported, United States Chargé d'affaires ad interim to Ukraine Kristina Kvien stated that the U.S. supports the launch of the land market in Ukraine and it is ready to support Ukraine on its way of implementation of the reforms on liberalization of the agriculture land market.
However, Kvien underlined that first of all it is necessary to close the gaps in the land legislation. Besides, United States Chargé d'affaires ad interim to Ukraine Kristina Kvien has urged the Ukrainian authorities to adopt extra secondary legislation to enable anti-corruption guarantees of the land reform.
On May 24, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky publicly signed law No. 2194, which provides for the transfer of state-owned land outside settlements to communal ownership of village, settlement, and city councils.
As we reported earlier, on April 28, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law of Ukraine No. 2194 “On Amending the Land Code of Ukraine and Other Legislative Acts to Improve the Management and Deregulation System in the Sphere of Land Relations”.