It is necessary to adopt the law on the transfer of land management powers to hromadas as soon as possible. Today there are different types of land on hromada’s territory: private, state, communal, industrial (land stock), land within and outside settlements. When we say that we seek to ensure maximum revenues to the local budget, we should provide an instrument and an opportunity to see who uses what types of land, how they are accounted, who pays the land tax, and how the land tax fills the budget, stated Hennadii Zubko, Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine, in an interview with the online publication Аgropolit .
According to him, the local self-government is now practically blind regarding these issues. It sees only communal land within the settlement. Everything happening outside is a vacuum. The Presidential draft law on deconcentration envisaged not only the transfer of land powers, but also much wider opportunities for hromada-based business support: regulation of normative and monetary valuation to support farm business; provision private entrepreneurs with the opportunity to pay taxes directly to this local budget, and not at their place of registration, etc. That is, it gave the opportunity to attract investments and, most importantly – to fill the budget, maintain control and accounting of these lands. Indeed, now the control over the land of all levels and any form of ownership is carried out by the StateGeoCadastre.
"Today we are working with the deputy corps to solve the issue of land decentralisation. Our draft law No 7118 is very simple, brief and effective. It should be adopted as soon as possible, and though the financial motivation of AHs is good, but the land is the final motivation. If the parliament still approves the law on the transfer of land resources to AHs, it will enter the history of Ukraine as the most reformatory one," - said Hennadii Zubko.
In general, 16 more draft laws are required to complete decentralisation. Thus, in terms of accomplishment of land decentralisation process, draft law No 6403 is important: it obliges the local authorities to plan the development of hromada (with social and road infrastructure, sports, cultural and healthcare facilities). "In order to transfer land resources, we need to force hromadas to show their future development strategies that will form the basis of the work of any AH head and take over the land ace from the StateGeoCadastre. After that, please, make it public and transparent, and then you can decide which investor to invite so that he implements his projects on the AH territory," the official said.
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