The ban on sale
of agricultural land to EU citizens in the zone of 10 kilometers from the
border is specified.
Amendments to the Law will enter into force on the day following the date of their publication in the Official Gazette "and shall be applied as of September 1.
This law should prevent complete liberalization of agricultural land transactions, which was envisaged by the Stabilization and Joining Agreement.
Namely, it was planned
application of provisions of ASJ, which equate the rights of citizens of Serbia
and EU in the purchase of agricultural land, was envisaged September 1.
As it has been defined, amendments to the law do not apply in the case of property restitution carried out in line with the laws governing restitution of seized property to former owners.
The Republic of Serbia has the right to purchase privately owned agricultural land.
The right of purchase is approved by the Government on the proposal of the Commission jointly formed by the Minister in charge of agriculture and the Minister in charge of finance.
The minister in
charge of agriculture and the minister in charge of finance shall prescribe by
agreement terms, time limit, manner and procedure of the right of purchase.
Other countries struggled in accession negotiations for a long-standing ban on sale of land to foreigners entering EU as well.