Ukraine’s parliament to unblock signing of law on extension of land sale moratorium on January 16

Source : 112 Ukraine

The specialized committee should consider the draft orders on the cancelation of the adopted decision
13:20, 15 January 2019

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will unblock the signing of the law #9355-5 on the extension of the moratorium on the land sale up to January 1, 2020, if the regulatory committee considers the draft orders on the cancelation of the adopted decision. Andry Paruby, the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported.

“Yes, really, we have the orders on the rejection. We cannot put it on the agenda until the decision of the committee is present. But I hope that tomorrow the proper decision of the committee will be released and we will consider it. Usually, we consider such orders on Wednesday,” Paruby said.

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Two draft orders on the lifting of the adopted decision on the extension of the moratorium on the land sale until 2020 are registered in the parliament.

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.

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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).

In December 2017, the MPs extended the moratorium for the sale of the land until January 1, 2019.

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