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Ukraine’s parliament unblocks signing of law on extension of land sale moratorium

Source : 112 Ukraine

The MPs rejected two draft regulations on the abolition of the earlier adopted decision
16:24, 17 January 2019

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has unblocked the signing of the law on the extension of land sale moratorium as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

The draft regulation #9355-p gained 81 voted “for” and 25 voted “against”.

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Besides, the parliament rejected the draft regulation #9355-p1; only 65 MPs supported it and 11 MPs were against it.

At least 226 votes are needed to adopt the decision.

Related: Moratorium on sale of Ukrainian land: Decision of ECHR

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).

Related: ECHR recognizes Ukraine's moratorium on land sale as violation of human rights

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

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