The Riigikogu approved with 78 votes in favour the Act on Amendments to § 20 of the Nature Conservation Act (373 SE), initiated by the Environment Committee.
It alleviates the situation of land owners in the cases where they have privatised their land from the state by payment in instalments, and later the state has imposed intensive nature conservation restrictions on their lands. Thereby the abovementioned provision of the Nature Conservation Act is brought into conformity with the Constitution.
The Act endorses the proposal of the Chancellor of Justice to bring § 20 of the Nature Conservation Act into conformity with the Constitution. The Act was amended by adding the provision stating that “if the owner of an immovable has fallen into arrears in payment of mortgage payments, suspension of the payment of the payments is permitted provided that a payment schedule has been entered into for payment of the debt that has arisen before suspension of the payments, and the debt is paid on the basis of the payment schedule”.
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