The Verkhovna Rada registered an amended draft law on the basis of a government bill on the turnover of agricultural land, which takes into account all the comments and expectations of the society.
Parliamentarians and the Government have found a compromise with society on the most problematic and sensitive issues of the reform - the ability to buy land for foreigners and the issue of land concentration per person.
“After the Cabinet of Ministers submitted a bill on the land market to the Verkhovna Rada, we began a major discussion with all stakeholders. Several dozen meetings and consultations were held to record all the comments and suggestions, as well as the fears and concerns of all the parties - agrarians, farmers, shareholders and rural workers. Land reform will succeed, while its model will take into account the interests of stakeholders, farmers and agrarian companies,” said Taras Vysotskyy, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture at a briefing on Legislative Initiatives on Land Reform with the participation of MPs and Government representatives.
During the briefing, the amended draft document was presented. It stipulates for the reduction of land concentration within the limits of a region from 15% to 8%; for the introduction of a 35% limit on land concentration within the CC.
With regard to the most debating point of the possibility of buying agricultural land by foreigners, the Parliamentarians have proposed to introduce a transitional period until 01.01.2024. During this period, companies beneficial owners of which are foreigners, stateless persons, legal entities established under the law other than the legislation of Ukraine, foreign states will not be eligible to buy agricultural land of state, communal property, as well as land shares. The exception is land that is already leased by law at the time of entry into force of the aforesaid law.
The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations is planning to discuss the provisions of this integrated project, as well as alternative projects registered with the Verkhovna Rada, and to adopt the decision on the submission of bills on land reform for the first reading.
“We continue to communicate actively with people in the regions to discuss the most problematic issues. We actively conduct meetings and consultations with the relevant parliamentary committee, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture, in which representatives of agrarian and agricultural associations take part. They are held both on the platform of the Cabinet of Ministers and directly with the President of Ukraine. It is critical for us to ensure that people benefit from the reform first and foremost, so we will listen to them and adjust our bills,” added Roman Leshchenko, Presidential Commissioner for Land Affairs.