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The government’s plan to set up a private fund of 100 billion forints (EUR 278m) to purchase farmland “stinks” and “raises a number of questions”, according to an expert of opposition Jobbik.

Zoltán Magyar said in a statement on Monday that his party had been against selling off state-owned land “from the beginning” adding that ruling Fidesz had “sold out one of the remaining bits of national assets at a brutal pace”. He insisted that “the largest and most valuable properties have landed with the gentry close to the government”.

Magyar went on to say that under the current plans “land purchased with taxpayers’ money will again end up with the elite” close to ruling Fidesz.

Gov't Outsources State Assets and Unis to 'Raise Competitiveness,' Opposition Believes It's Robbery
Gov't Outsources State Assets and Unis to 'Raise Competitiveness,' Opposition Believes It's Robbery

The government's official reasoning is to raise competitiveness and efficiency.Continue reading

According to Jobbik, in the time before next year’s elections, the government is “trying to help itself to the most possible public funds and national assets”.

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