The green LMP party has raised concerns that planned government changes based on proposals made by the agricultural chamber could create farming monopolies by people close to the government. Under the proposal to integrate farming production, the government would appoint people to set up regional or national farming communities, LMP’s farming expert Szilvia Lengyel told a press conference.
While cooperation between the sector’s players is desirable, the proposed model could be a ploy to distribute money and favours, she said, adding that LMP would reject any initiative that further advances people already in preferment. The measures are likely to require a two-thirds majority of MPs to pass. Under the plan being drafted, any aspiring “integrator” must sign a strategic agreement with the government. This would be tantamount to a government appointment, Lengyel said, adding that some preferred individuals may have been selected already. She slammed a plan to fast-track development projects that exceed 1 billion forints run by the so-called integrators.