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Fico's vineyard prohibits construction

It isn't possible to perform any construction on Prime Minister Robert Fico's controversial plot of land in the Koziarka area in the Bratislava district of Nové Mesto, as the vineyard located on it is registered with the Central Control and Experimental Agricultural Institute (UKSUP), it was reported on December 3.

The land was designated as suitable for the construction of family houses, but Jaroslav Kocka, the district’s chief architect, has said it falls under the protection of the Viticulture Act.

"If the land's designation was defined after May 1, 2005, and if this land is also registered with the UKSUP, it isn't possible to carry out construction work on it," Kocka said.

According to Kocka, there is a certain amount of legislative chaos in this particular area. [The Opposition SDKÚ-DS chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda asserted on Friday that Fico bought the land in 2002 for Sk37,000, even though it is now worth Sk6 million (€180,000) because it has since been designated as land for construction. Fico has denied that.] TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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