The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has endorsed a resolution the implementation of which will promote the elimination of abuse of land on the ground and will ensure transparency and openness of the procedures with land. Presenting the Government's decision, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that according to the information of law enforcement agencies, "there occur total abuses with land on the ground." Therefore, recently, the Government has had a meeting with representatives of agricultural associations, which resulted in a commission given to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Justice to prepare a draft resolution.
"We should demonstrate zero tolerance in this issue, though we must make decisions to annul any possibilities for any official in any place to misuse land resources", stressed the Prime Minister.
The proposed amendments stipulate the establishment of conditions for the disposal of land by transferring it for lease - only though auction. At that, lease is granted for a period not exceeding 7 years, while the amount of land that can be transmitted free of charge should not exceed a quarter of land plots that have undergone tender procedures.
According to the calculations of the Government, local revenues from the transfer of public land to lease in a year and half will exceed UAH 1 billion. At that, there will be introduced an effective anti-corruption mechanism in land relations sector.
In this regard, the Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine to conduct inspections of all land ‘deals’, while the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade - to work on the opportunities of the ProZorro system to hold auctions.