Thursday, 28 January 2016

Ukraine concludes Twinning project on land market development

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Flags of the European Union countries. Flags of the European Union countries. Photo: Olena Yanykh.

The final press conference for the EU-funded Twinning project hosted in Kyiv today.

The project “Assistance in Development of an Open and Transparent Agricultural Land Market in Ukraine”, which had a budget of €1.8 million, was implemented by a consortium consisting of the Netherlands, Germany, and Lithuania, according to EU CO-OPERATION NEWS. The project’s main beneficiary is the State Service of Ukraine for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre (StateGeoCadastre).

The project’s goal was to establish an efficient land market in Ukraine by providing incentives for farmers to invest in better production technologies, thereby improving the productivity of their land. This strategy aims to encourage the long-term development of the agricultural sector, which is one of Ukraine’s most promising industries. Today, agricultural products make up a 37 % share of total Ukrainian exports.

As a part of the project, European experts provided support and advice to Ukraine on the institutional aspects of land relations in Ukraine. The experts also advised to policy makers in government and parliament on the creation and development of the infrastructure necessary for the full agricultural land market and best ways of harmonising national legislation with that of the EU, and provided training to Ukrainian specialists. The project placed special emphasis on the openness and transparency of land relations.

Ukraine is a leader among EU neighbourhood countries in terms of the number of Twinning projects in which it has participated. In total, 37 Twinning projects have already been implemented in Ukraine, and seven are ongoing. The “Assistance in Development of an Open and Transparent Agricultural Land Market in Ukraine” project will benefit StateGeoCadastre as well as Ukraine in general as it continues with the implementation of comprehensive reforms.

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