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Grain and Oilseeds

23/ 05/ 2013

Following lobbying efforts of the European Business Association and other NGOs, on 21 May 2013 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted Draft Law No.2459 On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine On Grain and Grain Market (regarding Grain Market Deregulation) in the first reading.

Background: Progress was made in deregulating the grain sector by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the middle of 2012, in particular by way of simplification of grain quality certification procedures. The grain sector viewed this achievement as an important step towards ensuring further development of Ukraine as one of the world’s leading food exporters. However, previously existing certification procedures were reinstated by the end of 2012 by the Law of Ukraine № 5462-VI dated 16 October 2012 ‘On Amendments to a number of legislative acts of Ukraine related to the operation of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and other central executive bodies, operations of which are subject to coordination by relevant ministries’, which proved to be extremely discouraging for the grain business.

Throughout the first half of 2013, representatives of the Grain & Oilseed Committee of the European Business Association together with other NGOs have been working hard to reinstate simplified certification procedures. Finally, on 21 May 2013, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Draft Law No.2459 On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine On Grain and Grain Market (regarding Grain Market Deregulation) in the first reading.

This remarkable progress achieved by joint efforts of the Government of Ukraine, the Parliament and the representatives of the grain sector will definitely contribute to minimization of the bureaucratic burden and further deregulate the grain sector, and thus drive continuing development of Ukrainian agriculture in general.

The European Business Association would like to extend its sincere thanks to the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Agrarian Policy and Land Relations, the Members of Parliament who supported this important initiative, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine and the State Inspection of Agriculture of Ukraine, and is happy to share this progress with the EBA membership.

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