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New report – AEIAR goes around the land market regulation in Europe

New report – AEIAR goes around the land market regulation in Europe

November 25th, 2016

Status of agricultural land market regulation in Europe – Policies and instruments


Land is the basis of agricultural production. Beyond the simple productive aspect, it provides many ecosystem services (aesthetic and cultural dimensions, flood prevention, carbon sequestration … ). This resource is becoming scarcer under the influence of competition between different land uses (housing, infrastructure, afforestations…) and sometimes even a “non-use” through land abandonment.

Farms have access to this resource via market mechanisms. Speculation, increasing investment by non-agricultural capital tend to increase land concentration and hinder access to land for young farmers. To maintain family farming model rooted in its territory, public intervention to guide the land market is sometimes necessary. Forms of government interventions are very diverse and more or less developed in the member states of the European Union.

At the moment, in France, the action of SAFER’s (land agencies created in the years 1960) is being modified. New farmland policies are set up in Hungary and in Wallonia.

Agricultural actuality is agitated by the new CAP and the negotiation of bilateral trade agreements of great magnitude that will have a great impact on the future of farmers and the type of mainstream agriculture for the future.

In this new report,AEIAR takes stock of the land market regulation in 7 member countries. This document shows the diversity of the national situations and underlines the need of regulation tools.


To download the document

Report pdf (French version)

Report (pdf English version)

Report (pdf German version)