Experts suggest ways to speed up land register

Experts from Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Spain who have been studying Greece’s efforts to complete its much-delayed land registry have made a series of recommendations to speed up the process.

The Environment Ministry said on Wednesday that the experts, invited by the European Union Task Force, spent two days studying the way the land registry operates. They proposed that the government reduce the number of stages involved in the tender process for land surveys to ensure fewer legal challenges by companies that fail to win contracts to carry out the work.

They also stressed the need to delineate forestland and shoreline so it is clear where construction is banned. As part of its bailout agreement, Greece has agreed to complete its cadastre by 2020.

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