Governmental bill on land market registered at Ukraine’s parliament

The text of the bill is not published yet
19:29, 25 September 2019

Vladimir Strumkovskij Facebook

The Cabinet of Ministers registered the bill on the agriculture land transfer at the Verkhovna Rada. The document has number #2178.

The text of the bill is not published yet.

Earlier Economic Development Ministry published the text of the bill on the land market according to which since October 1, 2020, the ban on the expropriation of the agriculture lands is canceled.

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According to the document, such categories will be able to buy the land or ownership right:

  • citizens of Ukraine;
  • territorial communities;
  • state;
  • legal persons;
  • foreign citizens and people without the citizenship, in case of the purchase in the order of the inheritance and obligation to sell the plot during a year.

The purchase of the land by the foreigners in the inheritance may be limited by the sanctions; they can be used by the states, physical and legal persons. Besides, the sectoral sanctions might be imposed.

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 ways; 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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