Regional State Administration extends land lease agreement with kaolin processing co.

Actions of local councils/municipalities: Allocating land plots Donets'k region

Subject of Complaint: Administrator, Volnovakha Regional State Administration
Complaint in Brief: The Complainant, a company specializing in extracting and processing natural resources, filed a complaint about an unsubstantiated refusal to prolong a leasing agreement on a parcel of land required for the Complainant’s business operations. The Complainant originally concluded a Land Lease Agreement with the Regional State Administration on September 07, 2005, to start extracting kaolin. The Agreement was concluded for a period of 10 years. On July 22, 2015, the Complainant addressed the Donetsk Military-Civil Administration (DMCA) with a request to prolong the term of the Land Lease Agreement, which was to expire on September 18, 2015. However, the DMCA refused to extend the lease, saying that the Complainant’s commercial activity was not in the interests of the community. The DMCA claimed that the vehicles the Complainant was using to transport the extracted kaolin was seriously damaging Volnovakha’s roads. 
Actions taken: Over October-November 2015, the BOC had several telephone conversations with the Volnovakha Regional State Administrator to get an update on the case and gather additional facts. The BOC also addressed to the DMCA and the Volnovakha Regional State Administration with request to prolong leasing agreement of Complainant.
Result achieved: On February 22, 2016, the Complainant informed the Council that the issue was finally resolved. An extension to the Land Lease Agreement was signed by the Volnovakha Regional State Administrator and submitted for the Complainant’s signature. The case was closed.

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