Some 9.5 mln Ukrainians use right for free land privatization – World Bank monitoring
Some 9.5 million citizens of Ukraine had used the right for free privatization of land parcels as of January 1, 2018, according to the World Bank statistical yearbook "Land Governance Monitoring in Ukraine: 2016-2017."
According to the World Bank, the area of free privatized land amounted to 3.5 million hectares (excluding Vinnytsia and Kyiv regions, for which data are missing, as well as the temporarily occupied territories and the land plots allocated to private ownership during sharing collective agricultural enterprises).
According to the monitoring information, the largest amount of land was privatized in Volyn (327,500 hectares), Ivano-Frankivsk (260,700 hectares) and Khmelnytsky (257,500 hectares) regions, the smallest one in Mykolaiv (1,400 hectares) and Sumy (200 hectares) regions.
The largest area of land plots was privatized for personal agriculture (63.3%), for construction and maintenance of residential buildings, household facilities and structures (33.7%).
According to the World Bank, in 2017 there were 79 cases of seizure of land for public use in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Rivne, Kharkiv, Zhytomyr, and Dnipropetrovsk regions. The average area of an appropriated land plot was 0.95 hectares, while the average amount of compensation some UAH 56,000 per ha.
According to the monitoring, in 2017 some 812 hectares of land located under real estate were redeemed from state and municipal property (2,500 cases of redemption). The average cost of such land was UAH 715,200 per ha.
The document also notes that the number of trials in cases of emphyteusis in 2017 quadrupled.