Oleksandr Polivodskyi: there is ground for raising the issue of protection of economic competition on the land market

'Once the land freeze is lifted, the issue of economic competition on the land market will become quite pressing. Fair competition in this area should be promoted not only with the use of legislative instruments related to economic competition, but also with land law.'

That is what Sofiya Law Firm partner Oleksandr Polivodskyi told in his interview to AgroPolit newspaper.

'For example, in the case of transfer and registration of title to land the government should check if such if conditions of economic competition are complied with and whether a purchaser would acquire market power, and, if there are any signs of adverse economic trends, no relevant agreements should be registered. The expert is of the opinion that relevant criteria should be developed and legislatively approved to achieve this. The criteria should be developed and published before the land market starts its operation.

Mr Polivodskyi is sceptical about the idea of the government's involvement in the process as a land bank on the land market. 'The idea was suggested on numerous occasions and was even being implemented partially in the times of Yanukovych, and, in my thinking, contained an important corruption component,' he pointed out. - Such institutions, if any, should perform clearly specified tasks but never act as full-fledged market participants as private entities do.

The entire interview of Sofiya Law Firm partner Oleksandr Polivodskyi is available at this link.

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