Land concentration, land grabbing and people’s struggles in Europe

Paul Mobbs mobbsey at
Fri Apr 19 16:56:05 BST 2013

Land concentration, land grabbing and people's struggles in Europe,
European Coordination Via Campesina and Hands-Off The Land Alliance,
17th April 2013

Main report --
Exec. summary --

Land grabbing is widely assumed to be happening only in the global
South, but in-depth analysis by a team of researchers shows that land
grabbing is also creeping in Europe.

The report, involving 25 authors from 11 countries, reveals the hidden
scandal of how a few big private business entities have gained control
of ever-greater areas of European land. It exposes how these land elites
have been actively supported by a huge injection of public funds – at a
time when all other public funding is being subjected to massive cuts.
While some of these processes – in particular ever-increasing land
concentration -- are not new, they have accelerated in recent decades in
particular in Eastern Europe. They have also paved the way for a new
sector of foreign and domestic actors to emerge on the European stage,
many tied into increasingly global commodity chains, and all looking to
profit from the increasingly speculative commodity of land.


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(Edward Burrough, 1659 - from 'Quaker Faith and Practice')

Paul Mobbs, Mobbs' Environmental Investigations
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