Business news from Ukraine

PARLIAMENT PASSES BILL ON USE OF LARGE TRACTS OF FARMLAND

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada adopted draft law in the second reading and in general to resolve the issue of collective ownership of land, improving land use rules and stimulating irrigation. Some 236 lawmakers voted for the bill, 11 more than the required minimum of 226 votes. The bill introduces the concept of tracts of agricultural land. Within such tracts agrarians will have the opportunity to exchange plots, conclude sublease agreements without the consent of landlords, rent field roads and optimize areas for cultivation. Agrarians who own/use more than 75% of the tract will have priority rights over other users of the tract.
The bill also defines the order of inventory of land plots, which is to take place prior to the creation of arrays. As expected, it will contribute to the updating of the State Land Cadastre. Its results will be approved by local authorities.
The document provides for the protection of the rights of farmers who improve and restore hydraulic reclamation systems. In addition, a mechanism of permanent or urgent land easements is being implemented to introduce measures for land reclamation, which can be established both by contract and by a court decision.
Users of land plots on which hydrotechnical reclamation is carried out have the right to claim compensation for the costs of hydraulic reclamation of adjacent land plots from their owners or users. According to the document, lands of collective agricultural enterprises whose activities are terminated shall be transferred to municipal ownership of a local community.

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BILL ON EXIT CAPITAL TAX REGISTERED IN PARLIAMENT

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted a bill on exit capital tax to the Verkhovna Rada. According to a posting on the official website of the parliament, bill No. 8557 amending the Tax Code of Ukraine regarding exit capital tax was registered in the Rada on July 5.
As reported, Poroshenko at a meeting with representatives of business in Kyiv on July 4 said that Poroshenko has signed and intends to register a bill on exit capital tax in the Verkhovna Rada in the near future. He said that the bill, if adopted, will take effect only jointly with compensators for revenue of the national budget.
“I declare that this bill does not and will not enter into any contradictions with the International Monetary Fund, since this bill will come into effect only when appropriate compensators are provided for the budget,” the president said.
Poroshenko also said that the rapporteur on the bill in the Verkhovna Rada would be his representative in parliament, Bloc of Petro Poroshenko MP Iryna Lutsenko.

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PARLIAMENT PASSES AT FIRST READING BILL BANNING PALM OIL USAGE

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday passed at first reading bill No. 3871 amending some Ukrainian laws regarding the ban on the use of palm oil in food. A total of 233 lawmakers backed the document.
The bill proposes amending the Code of Administrative Offenses of Ukraine, the laws on milk and dairy products, on the key principles and requirements to safety and quality of food. The amendments introduce administrative punishment for production and sale of food with palm oil content. It is banned to use palm oil in production of dairy products and food made in Ukraine.
The violation of the law implies a fine from 20 to 100 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens (UAH 17) imposed on officials. The repeated violation committed during one year after imposing the first fine entails a fine from 100 to 200 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens.

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PARLIAMENT PASSES CONCESSION BILL

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has passed at first reading bill No. 8125 on concession. A total of 240 lawmakers backed the document on Tuesday. Head of the parliamentary committee for the economic policy Andriy Ivanchuk said that the bill divides regulation of concession and other forms of public private partnership, relaxes the rules of allocating land parcels for concession projects, sets the unified rules of making decisions for all types of public private partnership, including concession. The ownership right to the facility under concession is left to the territorial community, he said.
“According to statistics, the EU has signed concession agreements for EUR 12 billion. This is a modern tool that triggers development of infrastructure,” he said, presenting the bill in parliament. Ivanchuk said that the bill requires revision for second reading, in particular, in relation to the concession tender

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