Slovak land to be protected by law

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Slovak land to be protected by law

17. 05. 2017 15:44

Slovak land will enjoy constitutional protection vis-a-vis speculative acquisitions, following a constitutional bill to this effect which Parliament approved on Tuesday. The coalition Slovak National Party sponsored the piece of legislation. Its MP, Tibor Bernaťák, said that land protection is a priority issue for the party. Speculative buyouts of farmland involve purchases that aren't aimed at farming purposes, he added. Slovakia's food security might be threatened in the future. Additionally, some farmers who are unable to compete with their counterparts on the common EU market may find themselves in an even more disadvantaged position. As a result of SNS's amendment, article 44 in the Constitution will include a definition stating that land is "an irreplaceable natural resource that is subject to special protection by the state and society". Further to the constitutional amendment, laws are set to be adopted that will impose more stringent conditions on land acquisitions and sales, both when involving companies and farmers.

Martina Šimkovičová, Photo: AP/TASR

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