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Romania to enhance land info system by 2012

Romania: The Romanian National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration (ANCPI) commenced a EUR 1.88 million Land Administration Knowledge Improvement (LAKI) project. It aims to improve its capacity to produce geographical information and thus contribute to a more secure real estate market for investors and individuals alike. The deadline for the project is the end of April 2012.

The institution, which has recently passed from under the authority of the Ministry of Administration and Interior to the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism (MDRT), is the Romanian authority in the field of cadastre and land registration.

“After twenty years of incoherent application of a property law that has also often been changed, we unfortunately find ourselves in the situation where the surface area owned according to the property deeds that have been issued over the years is larger than Romania’s actual surface area,” Elena Udrea, the Romanian minister for regional development and tourism, stated.

The minister stressed that Romania’s lack of a general cadastre makes it very hard to implement large-scale investment projects. Investors too, especially those in real estate and agriculture, have been calling for such a measure for a long time.

The LAKI project will be 51.06 percent financed through SEE (European Economic Area) Grants offered by Norway along with Iceland and Lichtenstein. The remainder is financed from the state budget.

LAKI’s main objective is to consolidate the ANCPI’s capacity to produce geographical information for both internal use and for meeting the requirements of the INSPIRE Directive issued by the EU, by setting up the National Mapping Center.

The present version of the official map of Romania was published back in 1986. Today, under the EU’s INSPIRE directive Romania and all the member states have to create digital maps that will be part of a general infrastructure for spatial information in Europe.

The result will be a comprehensive digital map that can be used by all public institutions in Romania to add information from their specific fields such as infrastructure-related data or in-depth information about the state of existing farmland.

Source: Business Review