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President returns farmland law to lawmakers

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Legislation that would transfer ownership of farmlands, earlier earmarked as compensation for former members of cooperatives, to the Hungarian state was returned to the lawmakers by President János Áder, according to reports.

The president returned the legislation over concerns of its failure to clearly define the scope of the farmland in question, allowing, in principle, the state to take over any land farmed by cooperatives not previously designated to land funds free of charge, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

The law stipulates that farmland taken over by the state is to be offered in ongoing sales of land to local farmers, according to MTI. The law also repealed earlier legislation allowing the former cooperative members to purchase the farmland using compensation coupons, thus bringing the compensation process to a conclusion, MTI added.

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