Budapest, October 19 (MTI) – The opposition Socialists have motioned that local councils should have pre-purchase rights when state land is sold, deputy leader of the party Zoltan Gogos said on Monday.
The Socialists have filed an amendment proposal to the relevant law, Gogos told a press conference, adding that his party still opposes the sale of state land altogether, but if it still goes ahead, local councils should have priority.
Tamas Csige, the Socialist mayor of Hajdudorog, in eastern Hungary, told the same press conference that his local council had last year filed a request with the National Land Management Fund for land in the area, but were told there was no land for sale there. In contrast, last week it was announced that one of the biggest plots of land, on 250 hectares, will be sold right next to Hajdudorog. He said giving the land to local governments would be the right thing to do, as they could use it to run farmland programmes to benefit the poor.