Today, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, chaired by the Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman, has discussed the principles of the land reform. According to the participants, the questions of abolition or continuation of the moratorium on the sale of lands is not of the moment, more important now is to determine what should be the best model of the lands turnover for Ukraine. Only then the discussion of its implementation has to be started.
According to the Prime Minister, the creation of a land market should be gradual, taking into account all possible risks. That is why the sale should be available only to Ukrainian physical persons, and not more than 200 hectares of land per person.
Also, at this stage, the government speaks out against the selling of lands to the foreigners, and the opening of a land market for legal entities. According to the Premier, the proposed model is to secure the land market from the persons who want to cash in on it.
According to the results of the meeting, the participants agreed to establish an interdepartmental working group which should shortly introduce the first stage concept of the land reform.
Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada did not support the draft of the roadmap for the land reform. At the same time, the abolishment of a moratorium on the sale of agricultural lands is one of the requirements of the International Monetary Fund. In particular, the Verkhovna Rada had to approve the relevant bill by the end of May.
It should be added that last week the IMF mission issued a statement that the fourth review of the cooperation program and the allocation of the next credit tranche to Ukraine will depend on the implementation of a number of structural reforms including the land reform.
Source: Government Portal