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Delo: Will the Land Register Protest Us?

Ljubljana, 21 January - The fact is that something must be done chiefly because of the Spanish compromise, which is said to jeopardize Slovenia's national interests in the area of immovables. The bill that was made public about a week ago does not specify on that, but rather gives the entire "freedom" to immovables to every foreigner who succeeds to prove that a person from the western region of Primorsko, for instance, can buy a villa on his Florida or, for that matter, on Kopaonik, a mountain in Bosnia. Whether that was really the intention of the bill those should tell who have been afraid of the rush of foreign buyers much more than the rest of Slovenes. But it appears the best protection in the law is therefore really the stipulation that it is not possible to sell to a foreigner immovables that have not been entered into the land register. As it is known how these things go in Slovenia, that is really cold comfort or merely emergency exit when they do not know how to untie the knot they have tied themselves.

© STA, 1999