Calls new laws to prevent land speculation and dominant position of big players
EU states should reshape their land policies to provide better access to land to small, young and new farmers and tackle the dominant position of big players and do away with land speculations, according to MEPs.
Those, who farm a land, should have a pre-emptive right to buy it, Agriculture Committee MEPs insist.
They also want an EU-wide monitoring and information exchange on land prices and rents and call for a cap on payments for big farms.
MEPs are calling for Member states to redesign their land policies to give small and medium-sized local producers, new entrants and young and women farmers priority in purchasing and renting the farmland, including a pre-emptive right to buy it when offered for sale.
EU structural policy should be used more to overcome structural barriers such as high land prices, for instance by providing special assistance to small and medium-sized producers and young and women farmers, MEP say.
They want the Commission to provide new instruments to facilitate farmers’ access to sustainable credits. Member states, for their part, should align financial conditions farmers need to comply with - when for instance asking for a loan to buy a land - to specificities of farming business.
MEPs also call on national governments to close any legislative loopholes making contract abuse possible and to ensure that national judiciaries are well equipped to protect all parties’ rights in case of irregularities with lease contracts.
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