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Unknown landowners will not lose plots to the state

PLOTS OF LAND belonging to nearly one million owners who cannot be identified will not be transferred to the state as planned. The Constitutional Court ruled that a law enabling the transfer of such land to the state was against the Slovak Constitution, the Pravda daily wrote.

The verdict will have a huge impact, as it affects around 0.5 million hectares of land. These plots belong to people who are most likely dead, but whose heirs still have a right to the property.

According to Peter Vojtko from the cadastral office, if these plots were worth only Sk5 per square metre, the total value of the land would amount to Sk25 billion.

The number of unknown landowners is still growing. In September 2005 the cadastral office registered 875,000 unknown landowners.

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