New law on selling agricultural land in Slovakia. Not really a move forward

In the blog post of March attention was paid to the opportunity that Slovakia had to further develop its agricultural sector by opening up to capital and knowledge. The question then was stated if Slovakia would make the same proactive choice as its neighbouring country the Czech Republic and other EU member states, such as the Netherlands, had made before? These countries have clearly chosen to open up the agricultural sector, therewith increasing output, quality, employment and profitability of the sector. Within the EU, Slovakia is one of the least productive countries in agriculture and has the most fragmented land structure in the EU. Opening up the sector would stimulate the inflow of capital and knowledge and would certainly be beneficial for the sector and the country (see also the blog post of February). [Read more...]