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Poland's proposed change to farmers land inheritance


delphiandomine 83 | 17,596
16 Feb 2016  #1
Not content with destroying the Constitutional Tribunal, taking over public television and removing the independent Civil Service, PiS now plan to launch an assault on private property. Unheard of since 1989, PiS plan to take over people's property by force.

One of the core and most dangerous parts of the new plan :

- If you have a plot of more than one hectare, your children will not inherit it, unless they are also farmers. Only farmers who are your neighbours will be able to buy it, or the Agricultural Property Agency (ANR) will take it with buildings, at a price which the ANR determines.

We haven't seen anything like this since the dark days of the PRL, and it shows the real plans of PiS. Furthermore, they intend that :

- You will not be able to sell farmland on the open market. Instead, only neighbouring farms or the ANR will be allowed to buy it.

- If you aren't a farmer, you won't be allowed to buy land
- The ANR will no longer sell land

The article goes on to explain that this is a result of Jarosław Kaczyński's hatred of private ownership, and that these plans go against the very basic fundamental human rights - that is the right to own and inherit property.

kodolsztyn.blogspot.com/2016/02/jakie-zmiany-planuja-rzadzacy-na-wsi.html

Prices of farmland are already dropping due to these plans. Housing will also become much more expensive as developers will no longer be able to build on the edge of cities, towns and villages, meaning that pressure will increase on the existing stock.

Remind me, are we in 2016 or 1952?
jon357 63 | 14,121
16 Feb 2016  #2
I wonder if that's possible for an EU member state. Sounds like something from Belarus - doubtless Jaro admires Łukaszenko.

developers will no longer be able to build on the edge of cities, towns and villages

This bit I like, though stricter planning regs would achieve it more easily.

Remind me, are we in 2016 or 1952?

They've certainly got a whiff of the 30s about them...
dolnoslask
16 Feb 2016  #3
Interesting It will certainly mean that foreigners and property investors will not be able to buy land in Poland.

Question what defines you as a polish farmer, size of plot owned?
jon357 63 | 14,121
16 Feb 2016  #4
Question what defines you as a polish farmer, size of plot owned?

Unless it's changed, owning 3 hectares of agricultural land is the benchmark. Much abused by people who want to pay KRUS rather than ZUS.

Interestingly enough, I'd be prepay to bet that a hefty chunk of the people who will be affected badly are rural PIS voters.
Pol attorney 2 | 106
16 Feb 2016  #5
most dangerous parts of the new plan :

in reality, this is the best provision: it will keep Polish farmland in Polish hands and with Polish farmers. PO has already sold thousands of hectares to foreigners.

Sale of farmland to foreigners equals to liquidation of Poland.
jon357 63 | 14,121
16 Feb 2016  #6
It makes no difference who owns what - and there are no restrictions on Poles buying up properly in other member states as some are doing in eastern Germany.

What it will do is to cause even more chaos about inheritance, more acrimony among heirs and more neighbourhood animosity among farmers - none of these things are lacking anyway in Poland.
OP delphiandomine 83 | 17,596
16 Feb 2016  #7
This bit I like, though stricter planning regs would achieve it more easily.

Well, the problem is that there is still a huge problem with the supply of housing. Putting a stop to grotesque single-family houses is fine, but destroying the possibility of developers building new estates is just madness. Farmers are already very, very unhappy about this - it was (until now) common for them to sell desirable locations to developers so that they could buy more farmland, which in turn made more efficient farms. This law seems to be developed so that housing prices will be artificially inflated through the lack of supply, countering the fall in prices due to more expensive mortgages.

I wonder if that's possible for an EU member state.

Well, the ANR not selling land is probably perfectly legal (although stupid and a clear sign that Jarosław wants to nationalise farmland) but you have to wonder about the restrictions on actually buying land.

in reality, this is the best provision: it will keep Polish farmland in Polish hands and with Polish farmers.

No, in reality, you've already forgotten about how Rural Solidarity fought for the right of private ownership of land.

Interestingly enough, I'd be prepay to bet that a hefty chunk of the people who will be affected badly are rural PIS voters.

Yup. They're already quite upset over this, because many farmers had their retirement sorted through selling plots of land for development.

Either way, the hatred of PiS towards private property is becoming apparent. Just as we said, they should be rightfully called PZPRbis.


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