The federal judge of La Plata, Alberto Recondo, revoked the precautionary measure that suspended the repeal of the Land Law, at the request of the Center for Former Combatants of Malvinas (CECIM) of La Plata, which immediately appealed the ruling, and in the same sense The Interactive Foundation to Promote the Culture of Water (FIPCA) filed an injunction that was assigned to the Federal Contentious-Administrative Court No. 5, headed by María Alejandra Biotti.
Judge Recondo annulled the measure granted days before by his colleague Ernesto Kreplak, who argued in favor of the Malvinas ex-combatants. Recondo considered that these veterans do not have the necessary legitimacy to challenge the regulations and ruled out the existence of a “case” that justifies the precautionary measure.
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In this sense, the Land Law establishes restrictions on the sale of land to foreigners, particularly those with important water sources or located in strategic border security areas. The repeal of this rule, proposed by the Government, eliminates limits on these transactions, and leaves the decision in the hands of the market marked by buyers and sellers.
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Judge Kreplak's initial decision sparked support among the claims of the Argentine Agrarian Federation (FAA), reflecting the tensions in the agricultural sector over the proposed changes. However, the new judicial scenario reveals divergences in legal interpretation and further stirs the waters of this dispute.
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In a context of growing uncertainty, Julio Urien, president of the FIPCA, presented an amparo under the legal sponsorship of lawyers Eduardo Barcesat and Daniel Aníbal Valmaggia. The foundation presents itself on its website with the mission of “defending natural resources and territorial sovereignty.”
Its approach translates “into concrete actions, such as training and discussions in cultural centers, unions, schools and universities.” The organization highlights “the importance of raising awareness about caring for the environment, focusing on water not only as a source of life, but also as a crucial element for work, development and communication.”
The Land Law imposes restrictions on the sale of land to foreigners, especially those with significant water sources or in strategic border security areas. (Photo: TN).
Meanwhile, the FIPCA and Urién argue that said article, by repealing the Land Law, violates constitutional provisions, generating “irreparable damage to the Nation and the Argentine people in general.”
The concern is that the repeal would allow the indiscriminate and unlimited sale of Argentine territory to any foreign power, companies, investment funds, foreign mega-millionaires and/or trusts, constituted in fraud of the law. The legal action seeks to preserve territorial integrity and protect the interests of the nation against possible negative impacts derived from the proposed regulatory modification, they explained.
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On the other hand, in the month of December the Argentine Agrarian Federation (FAA) criticized the president of the Nation, in response to the controversial DNU. The entity expressed its discontent both with the way of implementation from the Executive Branch instead of the Legislative Branch and with the proposal to repeal the Land Law. The FAA stressed its opposition to the measure. He stressed that “the repeal of the law is not perceived as the appropriate solution to promote investments in the agricultural sector.”