Lázár: State to keep remaining farmland nationalized by communists

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The Hungarian state will take ownership of farmland that was set aside to compensate people who lost property to the old communist regime, under a plan posted on Parliament’s website yesterday.

Cabinet Chief János Lázár, who heads the Prime Minister’s Office, reportedly said the government wants to wrap up the land compensation program, and as a first step it will settle the legal situation surrounding land registered in the program.

Farmland earlier owned by communist cooperatives will no longer be on sale for compensation tickets - the units of currency given to people who suffered unjust losses of land before.

The compensation of farmers for land nationalized by the state in various periods of history started in the early 1990s, after the transition to democracy in Hungary. 

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