End of the soil moratorium in Bulgaria?

Will EU citizens soon be allowed to buy farmland in Bulgaria without any problems? In November, the Bulgarian
Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva expected this to be possible by January 2020.
will be possible. In an interview for bTV’s “This Morning” program, she referred in this regard to a
to a public consultation draft of the Land Act, which among other things provides for the
End of the land moratorium provides. The corresponding law was expected to be passed by the
be passed by the end of the year. The proposed legislation would put EU citizens on an equal footing with Bulgarians
on an equal footing with Bulgarians when buying land. People from non-EU countries would still not be allowed to buy Bulgarian farmland.
Bulgarian farmland.
But this draft law has been criticized by various industry associations. On December 6.
2019, Radio Bulgaria reported “Ban on sale of arable land to foreigners remains.” According to this
Ministry of Agriculture withdrew the draft from parliament and plans to revise the
Revise the text of the law by the end of 2020. So the opening of the land market for foreigners will be postponed
postponed for at least another twelve months. Anyone who wants to buy farmland in Bulgaria as an EU citizen
must, as before, register as a legal entity.
Years ago, the Bulgarian Constitutional Court ruled that the ban on selling arable land to foreigners was unconstitutional.
years ago as unconstitutional and a violation of EU directives. With
European Union in 2007, a transitional period of seven years was contractually agreed for this ban.
of seven years was contractually agreed for this ban. After this period, the Bulgarian parliament extended
extended this moratorium until 2020 in violation of the treaty.


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