19 Nov 2019 17:20

German ambassador hopeful that German farmers working in Ukraine to be able to buy land

KYIV. Nov 19 (Interfax) - German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen has said she understands the concerns of Ukrainians about a land reform.

"I've heard that President [Volodymyr] Zelensky said a referendum is needed on the sale of land to foreigners. I can understand that, but I also hope that, for instance, German farmers who have been cultivating land here for a long time will have a chance to buy this land," Feldhusen said in an interview with Interfax.

While it is obvious that a land reform is a sensitive issue for Ukrainians, many countries could serve as perfect examples of how purchase of land by foreigners can be regulated and limited, she said.

"Of course, we believe the introduction of a land market is a very important step for Ukrainians and would certainly boost the economy," Feldhusen said.

The diplomat called on the Ukrainian authorities to carry out a judicial reform and ensure the rule of law in the country.

"To efficiently combat all post-Soviet symptoms, the Ukrainian economy should develop, and this requires investments. I am always happy to encourage German companies to come here, but Ukraine needs to do its homework too, in particular, ensure the rule of law and carry out a judicial reform. Because investors are scared when they don't feel they can protect themselves," she said.

Feldhusen additionally emphasized the need to oppose corruption.