The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has prepared a bill "On suspending the sale of real estate from the State Treasury’s Agricultural Property Resources and on amendments to some acts”. The bill assumes, for instance:

  • ban on the sale of real estate or parts thereof belonging to the State Treasury's Agricultural Property Resources for a period of 5 years from the date of entry into force of this act (land that is to be used for public purposes, e.g. for housing, business centers, sport facilities and plots up to 1 hectare would be exempt from the ban);
  • the right of first refusal of the Agency acting on behalf of the State Treasury of stocks and shares in commercial law companies, which is the owner of agricultural properties (except for shares sold on the stock market);
  • the right to make a statement about the acquisition of agricultural property owned by a partnership company in the case of change of partner or a new partner joining the company;
  • the acquisition of agricultural property essentially only by individual farmers (an exception will apply, for instance, to acquisition by persons close to the seller, local government units and the State Treasury, purchasing agricultural land by inheritance or with the consent of the President of the Agricultural Property Agency);
  • ban on selling and ban on the purchaser giving the agricultural property over for a period of 10 years from the date of purchase, the obligation to maintain the farm, which is the part of the acquired property, for at least 10 years from the date of purchase (consent for the sale or lease, essential due to random causes, independent of the purchaser, would be issued by the court).

The bill is expected to enter into force on 30 April 2016, i.e. before the end of the period of limitation in the acquisition of land by EU citizens.

The bill has been submitted for public consultation.