"No one will take away the land from anyone. The land reform model is aimed at developing Ukrainian farming and protecting the interests of the small owners", stated the President of Ukraine V. Zelensky during a meeting with the leadership of the Parliament, Government and law enforcement agencies.

This is precisely the kind of statement that should be communicated to society in the process of land reform.

Today, the Non-Governmental Union "Agro-Food Council" was presented. It was created to protect the interests of Ukrainian agricultural industry. The Agro-Food Council brings together associations and enterprises engaged in the production and processing of various agricultural products.

The Draft Law "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Ensuring the Fundamental Right of a Person to Life" was registered in the Verkhovna Rada (reg. No. 10313 dated May 20, 2019). More than one hundred Members of Parliament of Ukraine are the authors of the bill. The first 10 authors are G.V. Logvinsky, O.V. Opanasenko, O.P. Mushak, V.I. Brenzovich, I.M. Suslova, M. Dzhemilev, and R.A. Chubarov, I.V. Miroshnichenko, M.M. Papiev, Y.O. Pavlenko. Along with other non-governmental organizations, experts of the Ukrainian Agrarian Association took an active part in drafting the bill.

The Ministry of Finance by Order No. 105 dated March 11, 2019, approved the General tax consultation, according to which agricultural enterprises-soybean and rapeseed producers will be able to recover VAT when exporting such products outside of Ukraine.

It should be reminded that on September 1, 2018, the amendments to the Tax Code came into force according to which agricultural enterprises-producers of soybeans and coleseed or rapeseed grown on agricultural lands owned or used by such agricultural producers are entitled to VAT refund when exporting such products.

On December 20, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine extended 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. According to the current legislation, the land market cannot be opened before the law on circulation of land is adopted.

These are draft laws of Ukraine on collective land ownership, improvement of land use rules in arrays of land, prevention of raiding (illegal seizure) and incentives (reg. No. 6049-d dated December 27, 2017) and on regulation of some phytosanitary procedures (reg. No. 6673 dated June 07, 2017).

On July 10, 2018 Members of Parliament of Ukraine considered and passed in the first reading a bill aimed at preventing raiding (illegal seizures) in the agricultural sector. The bill is authored by 32 MPs (O.I. Kulinich, O.B. Bakumenko, O.V. Lyashko, and others). Experts of the Ukrainian Agrarian Association were also involved in drafting of the bill.

On May 22, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the first reading a bill (reg. No. 6049-d) on solving the issue of collective land ownership, improving the rules of land use in arrays of agricultural land, preventing raiding and fostering irrigation in Ukraine. The bill is authored by 19 MPs of Ukraine (Kulinich O.I., Bakumenko O.B., and others). Experts of the Ukrainian Agrarian Association were also involved in drafting the bill.

Verkhovna Rada passed in the first reading the draft Law of Ukraine (reg. No. 6673 dated July 6, 2017) “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Regulation of Some Phytosanitary Procedures” authored by 11 MPs of Ukraine and developed with participation of Ukrainian Agrarian Association.

The bill is designed to improve phytosanitary procedures and to bring them in line with European Union legislation, which will allow, among other things, to solve a number of problems of functioning of the plant protection system and minimize the costs and risks of agricultural producers and exporters of plant products.

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