Ukraine’s parliament intends to allow foreigners to buy non-agricultural land plots outside built-up areas

Source : 112 Ukraine

272 MPs voted for the proper bill
19:14, 14 November 2019

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the draft law #2194, which allows the foreigners to buy the non-agricultural land plots outside built-up areas in Ukraine as 112 Ukraine reported.

The document was present by the author Marian Zabolotsky, the MP of the Servant of the People.

“Currently, 100% of the income from the rent of these lands come to the particular local budgets. In other words, the village council receives the incomes from the rent of this land and the official in Kyiv decides who will rent it,” Zabolotsky noted.

According to him, the document corrects this situation.

“Its ideology is simple. It just destroys other corruption schemes, which remained in the Service of Ukraine for Geodesy, Cartography & Cadastre. You know that in fact, it is still State Land Agency. It agrees the state expert study of the land use documentation for a few times and the bill abolishes it; only one expert study remains. Besides, the procedures of the agreement on the lifting of ground cover of land plots; besides, the procedures of the certification of the land surveyors. All these are the corruption schemes,” the MP explained.

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The lawmakers offer to exclude the norms from the Land Code of Ukraine, which restrict the possibility to purchase free land plots of not agricultural purpose outside the settlements for foreigners and foreign legal persons. Besides, it is proposed to cancel the agreement of the sale of the lands of state and communal ownership to foreign legal persons with the government.

The bill provides the transfer of land of the state ownership outside the settlements to communal ownership of village, township, city councils (except the lands needed by the state for the fulfillment of its functions).

It is offered to allow the bodies of the local self-government to change the purpose of the land plots of private property; abolish the institutes of the state expert study of the land management documentation and agrochemical passportization of the land plots as well as to abolish the authorities of the Verkhovna Rada to agree the change of the purpose of especially valuable land.

It is offered to implement the check of the documentation on the land management and land estimation in accordance with the requirements of the norm and regulation acts by the state bodies and to abolish the state expert study of the documentation on land management.

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The MPs want to amend the law on state awards to enhance the prestige of the profession of the workers of the land management sphere.

The Verkhovna Rada supported as the basis the committee’s bill on opening of the market of agricultural land #2178-10. 227 MPs from Servant of the People faction and 13 non-affiliated lawmakers supported it.

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.

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 had 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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