The government plans to sell off many redundant buildings and plots of land owned by the state by setting up its own real estate agency under the Ministry of Interior, with a projected 200,000 m2 expected to be up for grabs all over the country.
Daily Pravda cites interior minister Robert Kalinak if some sale is advantageous, the state would make the sale, referring specifically to the property of some 64 regional administration bodies that are targeted to be abolished. This could end up as much as 200,000 m2 of premises for sale, estimates Kalinak. The daily also cited Radovan Durana from the Institute for Economic and Social Studies (INESS) as saying the centralisation of this kind of power (to the Ministry of Interior) in the public sector could open up more scope for corruption.
The general consensus is that selling off the state’s unused property and land is a good idea, but with so many public tenders being suspect of cronyism, a big question mark hangs over whether such a system would not provide yet another channel for passing state property to the hands of the chosen few.