Hromadas, not officials, should manage land, - Volodymyr Groysman

The right to manage land resources should be transferred to the level of local authorities elected by hromadas’ residents. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a meeting of the National Reforms Council under the President of Ukraine.

One of the topics of the meeting was the discussion of key provisions of the new draft law on counteraction to land raiding, the change of the functions of the State Geocadastre and the transfer of powers to manage land plots to amalgamated hromadas.

The Head of Government stressed that land issues were and still remain rather controversial. At the same time, compromise and system solutions in this area are extremely needed. One of them is providing hromadas with the right to manage their land plots, which is being carried out today by the State Service for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre combining two opposite functions - the disposal and control over land turnover.

"It is necessary to transfer management (of land plots) to the elected authorities. Thus, we will be able to ensure openness, publicity (of all processes),” the Head of Government is sure. “While the State Geocadastre must retain the function of filling the register of land plots data. This will ensure the control and regulation of processes.”

Volodymyr Groysman drew attention to the fact that the right to manage land resources will stimulate the development of hromadas and farming, the revival of which has been identified as one of the priorities of government policy in the agrarian sector. "Effective land relations are important for the development of farming," the Head of Government said. “So, land – to hromadas, control – to the state.”

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