Bulgaria’s Farmland Sale Ban Contested At Constitutional Court

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By our dpa-correspondent and  Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten   Sofia (dpa) – Bulgaria‘s Constitutional Court is to rule on a controversial, newly extended ban on the sale of farmland to foreigners, Bulgarian lawmaker Chetin Kazak said on Friday. Bulgaria‘s parliament on October 23 extended an existing ban on the sale of farmland to foreign citizens to 2020. According to legal experts and politicians of the ruling coalition of the Socialist Party and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) of the Turkish minority, the move was in breach of the country‘s 2007 accession treaty with the European Union. “We hope the Constitutional Court will rule as quickly as possible because Bulgaria‘s European future is at stake,” Chetin Kazak said. The claim, submitted on Friday, was signed by 55 members of parliament, both of the Socialist Party and of the MRF. The extension of the farmland sale ban, that had been due to expire on December 31, had been proposed by the nationalist Ataka party. Ataka chief Volen Siderov explained his party‘s motion by noting the low prices of farmland in the poorest EU member state. Taylor Scott International

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