Deputies of the Zaporizhia Regional Council sent an official appeal to President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy with a request to extend the moratorium on the sale of agricultural lands by January 1, 2025. They also called to start a broad discussion of the step-by-step introduction of transparent and civilized land use.

Zaporizhia regional deputies called on other regional councils to support them in this initiative and send relevant appeals to the heads of state.

Sokolivka UTC (Zhashkiv district, Cherkasy region) joined the appeal to support the extension of the land moratorium.

Thus, according to the text of the appeal, during the moratorium period it is necessary to carry out a set of measures for preparation of such an important step. In particular, in the Coalition Agreement of November 27, 2014, only three steps out of 12 were implemented. In Ukraine, inventory of land has not been conducted. The land cadastre is filling up too slowly. In 61 administrative districts of Ukraine, the area of ​​the land plots registered by State Geocadaster exceeds the actual area of ​​these areas.

Moreover, according to the text of the appeal, raider attacks and corrupt mechanisms for the transition of land rights to circumvent the moratorium are in operation in Ukraine, as there is no rule of law in the protection of property rights. The raider hunts are the result of an imperfect court system. There are no market mechanisms that should help in shaping the price of land. There are no programs for preferential lending to the national Ukrainian farmer, in particular, small farms, which puts the rural host in the impossibility of competing against agroholdings and corporations able to use foreign investment.

Recall that a number of people's deputies issued a resolution to appeal the adopted bill number 9355-5 on the extension of the land moratorium. So it could not be signed by the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Thus this bill did not enter into force. This means that until the resumption of the Verkhovna Rada's work since January 15, a moratorium on the sale of land in Ukraine does not apply.

Previously, Odessa, Ternopil, Khmelnytsky, Kherson, Cherkasy, Chernivetska, Chernihiv Regional Councils sent relevant appeals to the heads of state.

Also, Lutsk (Volyn region), Peremyshlyany (Lviv region), Bilohir'ya, Krasyliv, Derazhnya, Izyaslav, Teofipol, Yarmolyntsi na Khmelnytskyy (Khmelnytskyy region), Hayvoron (Kirovograd region), Pohrebyshche(Vinnytsya region), Semenivka, Kobelyaky (Poltava region), Pavlohrad (Dnipropetrovsk region) district councils supported the appeal.

Sokolivka (Cherkasy oblast), Tyshkivka (Kirovograd region) Marazliivka (Odesa region) united territorial communities and Boryspil City Council (Kyiv Oblast) also supported the corresponding position.

Thursday, 10 January 2019