A new version of the draft law “On amendments into some legislative acts of Ukraine on favoring of space development and attracting investments into space sector of Ukraine” that permits private companies to launch space rockets and conduct work in space.
The document was drafted by the group of the deputies from Servant of the People faction, eHealth coordinator Jaanika Merilo wrote on Facebook.
“On the first day, the deputies registered a bill to open space for private companies, but it turned out that this bill was not the one that was developed by BRDO [Better Regulation Delivery Office] and the private market. Many thanks to the deputies, the head of the committee and the author of the bill, Dmytro Natalukha, the Servant of the People team and Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk for their quick response, absolute understanding and cooperation regarding the fact that the sky needs to be opened. After consultations and discussion of problems in this bill, the bill was recalled and resubmitted in a form that really opens the sky,” she wrote.
According to Merilo, there are many companies in Ukraine that could develop various different solutions for the space industry, emphasizing that space today is more likely to relate to logistics than to the defense sector.
Following the explanatory note to the bill, the text of which was published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, its adoption will ensure the creation of a competitive environment for the development of private property enterprises along with the public sector of the space industry, as well as lead to attract investment in the space industry of Ukraine.
At present, activities related to the testing, production and exploitation of rocket vehicles can only be carried out by the state-owned companies.
The share of vacant space on the office real estate market in Kyiv in the first quarter of 2019 fell by 0.4 percentage points (p.p.), reaching 7.2%, the press service of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in Ukraine has reported. “We expect a further decline in vacancy, although not significant. On the one hand, the low commissioning volume that has been observed on the market since 2015 and steady demand contribute to the absorption of space in existing buildings, on the other hand, rising rental rates restrain the activity of tenants,” Head of office Group at JLL, Alexandra Globina said.
The highest rental rates in class A facilities in the first quarter of 2019 increased 6%, to $32 per sq. m. a month, which corresponds to the value of five years ago, according to JLL. At the same time, rental rates in class B facilities also increased to $25 per sq. m. a month.
According to JLL, a decrease in vacancy and an increase in rental rates have led to a gradual increase in developer activity.
The total volume of transactions in the office real estate market in Kyiv in the first quarter of 2019 amounted to 22,500 square meters, with about half of the transactions accounted for IT-companies, JLL experts said.
The share of vacant space in the market of shopping centers in Kyiv in the fourth quarter of 2018 for the first time in the last two years has stabilized at 3.7%, the press service of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) consulting company in Ukraine has said.
“The cessation of decline in the vacancy rate is due to the achievement of a temporary equilibrium in the market of shopping centers in Kyiv. After a significant increase in the first half of the year (by 20%) to almost the pre-crisis level of $1,140 per sq m a year, rental rates have also stabilized,” Yekateryna Vesna, the head of the retail space department at JLL (Ukraine), said.
According to the company, over the year the vacancy rate in the capital market decreased by 1.9 percentage points and amounted to 3.7%.
“At the same time, in comparison with other European capitals, rental rates in Kyiv remain relatively low: for example, the maximum rental rate in Warsaw is higher by 55%, in Prague by 80%. The relatively low cost of premises together with the growth of public purchasing power contributed to sustainable demand from international retailers in the Ukrainian market. This was also supported by the desire of lessors to increase the presence of well-known global brands in their facilities,” the expert said.
The Hungarian company New Work Serviced Offices on November 16 opened the first co-working space in Ukraine, an object of 960 square meters located on the third floor of the Globus 2 shopping center on the Independence Square in Kyiv.
According to the press service of the trade center, the New Work Labs Globus smart space includes meeting rooms, a conference room for up to 60 people, an event area, skype rooms, a kitchen, recreational islands, and its own coffee bar.
“Residents receive individual access to the space through a mobile application, thanks to the use of the KISI system,” the report says.
In addition, co-working residents in the Globus shopping center will be able to work not only in the Kyiv location, but also in Budapest, Warsaw, and Prague. The company currently manages 12 locations in Eastern Europe.
According to the press service, the co-working service offers tariff plans from four hours a day to monthly tariffs with a fixed individual workplace or a private office for the whole team. At the same time, it is possible to work in co-working 24/7.
New Work Labs (Hungary) was established in 2012 and is engaged in the provision of co-working space for the needs of growing companies and individuals.
Ukraine’s housing stock as of January 1, 2018 totaled 984.8 million square meters of space, which is 0.7% or 6.9 million square meters more than as of January 1, 2017.
The State Statistics Service has reported that the figures are presented, not taking into account the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
According to the report, 60.9% or 599.4 million square meters of housing space was located in urban areas.
The share of apartment-type houses was 98.4% of the entire housing stock, while the share of shared apartment-style housing space and housing space in nonresidential buildings was 1.6%.
According to the report, as of January 1, 2018, there were 17 million apartments in Ukraine, and the share of one-room apartments was 19.5%, two-room apartments – 36.6%, three-room apartments – 32.6% and four-room and larger apartments – 11.3%.
Ukraine will discuss development of strategic cooperation in the space sector with European partners at the ILA 2018 aerospace exhibition held in Berlin (Germany) on April 25 through April 29. The press service of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister, Head of the interagency commission for defense industry at the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Yuriy Brovchenko, who heads the Ukrainian delegation to ILA 2018, will hold some meetings strategically important for the development of the Ukrainian aerospace sector with top managers of European agencies on the issues of partnership in the aerospace sector.
Brovchenko is to meet with top officials of the Economy Ministry, Defense Ministry of Germany, German Aerospace Center (DLR), French Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA). ILA Berlin Air Show is a large exhibition in Europe. Leading Ukrainian enterprises of the aerospace sector – Pivdenne Design Bureau, Pivdenmash and Antonov State Enterprise (part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern) are among Ukrainian participants of ILA 2018.
Potential European partners-visitors to the Ukrainian stand at ILA 2018 are able to study themselves, among other things, the Cyclone-4M, Zenit-3SL, Mayak-33-4H promising Ukrainian launch vehicles (LV) and the Sich-2M spacecraft.