Budapest, May 27 (MTI) – Rather than eliminating large estates, the government has “solidified” a system helping some landowners accumulate thousands of hectares, a deputy of the opposition LMP party said on Friday.
Benedek R Sallai insisted that the billionaires of current times had similarly large estates as Hungary’s pre-war aristocracy. For example, he mentioned OTP chief Sándor Csányi, who owns 25,000 hectares, slightly more than Archduke Friedrich used to have, or entrepreneur Lőrinc Mészáros, whose lands “cover the former estate of Archduke Joseph”.
“This is feudalism itself,” Sallai said, and argued that “the farmer on a tractor will not have the opportunity to get land, just like the serfs of former times”.
Sallai, however, voiced agreement with the government’s position that legal entities should not be allowed to purchase farmland.