The International Dimension of the Restoration of the Right to Land in Lithuania

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Darius Furmonavičius (Lithuanian Research Centre, Nottingham)

This article examines the current pattern of the restoration of Right to Land in Lithuania after the liberation from Soviet occupation in 1991. A comparative analysis of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian cases indicates that despite Baltic membership of the EU since 2004 and the adoption of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union which came into force in 2010, there are some breaches of Article 17 (Right to property) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in Lithuania. For example, the National Land Agency and the local authorities postponed their decisions on the restoration of the property rights to land for 20 years, sold parts of land to third parties and on some occasions issued building permits without the knowledge and consent of the landowners.

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