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Foreigners to be able to buy land only after agreement of Ukrainians at referendum, - Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the president, such amendments to the bill on the opening of the land market will be made during the elaboration for the second reading
14:00, 11 November 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a news conference in Kyiv Ukraine October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Only Ukrainians will obtain the right to purchase the land after the abolishment of the moratorium for the agricultural land sale. The foreigners will be enabled to buy the land only if Ukrainian people allow them during the referendum as 112 Ukraine reported citing Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to the president, the proper amendments will be made to the draft law on the opening of the land market during the elaboration for the second reading.

“Between the first and the second reading, the amendments will be made to the current bill, according to which, only Ukrainian citizens and companies founded by the Ukrainians will have the right to sell and buy land. The foreigners and the companies, which have the foreigners among the founders, will obtain the right to buy Ukrainian land only if the people of Ukraine agree on it at Ukrainian referendum. The proper point will be included in the law,” Zelensky said.

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He announced the adoption of the bill, which will regulate the order of holding of the referendums.

“Soon, the Verkhovna Rada will elaborate and adopt the bill, which will clearly set the types and mechanisms of the referendum and it will finally provide the Ukrainians with the right to decide the fate of this or that issue important for them,” the president said.

Earlier the Committee on Agrarian and Land Policy recommended the parliament to support the bill #2178-10 on the opening of the market of agrarian land developed by this committee.

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.  

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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).

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