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
"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.
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.
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”.