We are initiating parliamentary hearings on the land issue – the people’s voice must be heard

18:07 02.10.2019

Batkivshchyna faction leader Yulia Tymoshenko says that consideration by the Verkhovna Rada of bill No. 2178 on the agricultural land market should be stopped due to opposition from society and violation of parliamentary procedure. The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Agrarian and Land Policy also adopted an extremely important decision recommending that the Verkhovna Rada hold parliamentary hearings on the land market and consider alternative bills.

“We should not vote on a bill that is not accepted by society and agrarians, which is why the Batkivshchyna team proposes that parliamentary hearings be held on the land issue. We should invite agrarians and representatives of local authorities and listen to what people are saying,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during today’s meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Agrarian and Land Policy, after which members of the committee supported the proposal to hold parliamentary hearings.

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The committee also decided to hold a meeting on Friday, October 11, to consider alternative bills, including Batkivshchyna’s.

The politicians was outraged that on October 2, the Verkhovna Rada added government bill No. 2178 on the agricultural land market to the agenda in violation of parliamentary procedure.

“An extraordinary thing happened – the bill on the sale of agricultural land was put on the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada without a decision by the relevant Committee. I ask you not to confuse the opinion of Ukrainian society with the decision of the committee, which is usurped by large agrarian monopolies. You are making fateful decisions for the country behind closed doors, without the people’s opinion,” she said indignantly.

Yulia Tymoshenko noted that a number of regional councils, as well as 28 district councils, 9 city councils, 130 councils of all levels are holding extraordinary sessions opposing consideration of the bill that the Verkhovna Rada has already included on the agenda.

“If parliament and your Committee represent the ideas of society, then you cannot help but hear that the whole country is shouting. Remove from consideration this bill on the sale of Ukrainian agricultural land without any rules,” the lawmaker urged.

Yulia Tymoshenko stressed that the Batkivshchyna faction strongly opposes government bill No. 2178 on the sale of land, and their team “did not and will not support this attitude towards Ukrainian land.” The politician also stressed the need for the Committee to consider Batkivshchyna’s bill on hold a national referendum on the people’s initiative, as well as its bill on preventing the opening of the land market without a referendum.