On December 20, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine renewed for another year a ban on the sale of agricultural land. The corresponding bill (reg. No. 9355-5 dated December 4, 2018) was supported by 231 Members of Parliament of Ukraine.

However, this Law is purely declarative. Because, under current legislation, the land market cannot function before the law on land circulation is adopted.

That is why, the draft law adopted yesterday obliges the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to develop and submit to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a draft Law of Ukraine on the circulation of agricultural land by March 1, 2019.

It should be noted that the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land has been in effect in Ukraine since 2001. Among European countries, the sale of agricultural land is prohibited only in Ukraine and Belarus. There is no such prohibition in other European countries.

It is also worth mentioning that in 2017 alone, 25 thousand hectares of agricultural land were transferred free of charge to the state after the death of 6.5 thousand landowners. These citizens could not exercise the right to fully dispose of their property, namely to sell their land plot at will.

The day before the adoption of the Law on the extension of the moratorium, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Agrarian Association Maryan Zablotskyy participated in the program "Hra Z vohnem" on the ZIK channel, during which the issue of the land moratorium was discussed. See the video below for more details.

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