Ukraine’s National Policy on Aquaculture: Reality or Myth?

Authors

  • Oleksiy Kononov Independent legal researcher

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18523/kmlpj220739.2020-6.73-106

Keywords:

agriculture, aquaculture, COVID‑19 responses, fisheries, state aid, water resources

Abstract

Aquaculture is a promising sector in Ukraine’s agricultural economy and could contribute to the nation’s food security and assist in overcoming some of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. For years, Ukrainian government’s policy towards aquaculture has been less than supportive, in part because the government’s management of the sector has been tossed between different ministries.  Legal regulation of the sector is overcomplicated, and producers face numerous difficulties with permits, rent of waterbodies, inspections, customs, and feed importation. There are no specific approximation obligations related to aquaculture in the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. State aid to struggling aquaculture producers remains insignificant and difficult to get compared to the aid available to other agricultural businesses. This article analyzes the main policy and legal problems faced by aquaculture businesses in Ukraine and concludes with solutions that can improve the situation.

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