No decisions on the sale of lands can be taken avoiding extensive discussions with landowners on potential models for the transfer of land, as it will enable the country protecting real landowners and making Ukrainians richer. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman announced on opening a Government meeting on Wednesday.
"Regarding our Government's position on the land market: we believe that without wide debate on the model of the land market in Ukraine, no decision on the introduction of land sale can be adopted", highlighted Volodymyr Groysman.
The Head of Government stressed that the ban on the sale of agricultural land in Ukraine is in effect. Regardless of whether the Parliament is going to prolong it or not, the moratorium is valid up until the Ukrainian Parliament decides on the land turnover.
In this context, the Prime Minister noted that there are a lot of options of land turnover. "There are over 50 such models of land markets around the world. If Ukraine needs a model, it then should protect real landowners, it should prevent from buying up all the lands in Ukraine by 3, 5, 7 families, and we strongly oppose it happen. And most importantly, we should consult widely with the proprietors of lands. And only after that we can get to the model elaborated as a result of the joint discussion, which will make Ukrainians richer, and only then we can assume some historical responsibility", said Volodymyr Groysman.
"As the Government of Ukraine, we won’t allow anyone to offend the Ukrainian citizens. We will not allow anyone to exploit the Ukrainian soils. We will not allow anyone to create a model, which could harm the Ukrainian citizens and owners of Ukrainian land. We will be honest, outright, we will execute the will of the Ukrainian people, and ensure it be with maximum professionalism," accentuated the Prime Minister.
Volodymyr Groysman also demonstrated at the Government meeting a Memorandum of cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, signed by then Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in 2008, under which she had given consent to the sale of agricultural land in Ukraine.
"We feel it is also important to underscore that the urgent need for structural reforms in Ukraine didn’t drop off the radar. In our opinion, we can distinguish several activities as being topmost in the short term, including competitive agricultural land market operation", read the Prime Minister a part of the Memorandum.
This Memorandum, according to Volodymyr Groysman, proves that "it is possible to change an image, try to change the rhetoric, but the interior remains old and contrived”.