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Property ownership rights on the table at legal forum

Update: December, 24/2014 - 08:41
A property at the corner of Ton That Thuyet – Pham Hung in Ha Noi. Citizens have been encouraged to voice their opinions regarding property ownership in the amended Civil Code. – VNA/VNS Photo Thai Ha

HA NOI (VNS) — Lawmakers discussed the draft amendment to the Civil Code yesterday morning at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting.

Discussion centred around two ways to categorise property ownership.

The first recognises ownership by the entire people as a legal form of ownership, in addition to collective ownership and private ownership. This option is based on the 2013 Constitution's articles 32, 51 and 53 in which ownership by the entire people is recognised as an independent form of ownership. In addition, the 2013 Constitution designates the State as vested with the right of possession and management for properties owned by the entire people.

Under the second option, ownership by the entire people would be part of collective ownership under the State's possession and management. This would require lawmakers to create a separate category for this form of ownership under the general category of collective ownership.

Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung said citizens must be informed about the two options, the legal purposes of each option and the difference between forms of ownership and modes of ownership.

The committee also discussed the process of polling citizens about their opinions on the amended Civil Code. In light of the upcoming Tet holiday, lawmakers suggested the polling period be extended. Accordingly, Deputy Chairman Uong Chu Luu concluded that the polling period would be January 5 to April 5, replacing the previous period of January 1 to March 31.

After this period, citizens may still voice their opinions by sending them to the Ministry of Justice. The ministry will be responsible for the task of gathering them and transferring them to the Government.

The committee also approved a decree on Environmental Police, which was prepared and submitted by the National Defence and Security Committee in the afternoon session.

The decree strengthens the country's legal framework to fight environmental crimes and environment-related food safety violations. — VNS

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