Land-grabbers to eat their cake too

A recent amendment to land registry laws introduced by the Environment Ministry waives the state’s claim to public plots of forest and grazing land that have been illegally occupied in the past 30 years and have since been included in town plans, opening up the way for construction on the property.

The amendment, aimed at speeding up the long-overdue national land register by settling cases where trespassers claim they have rights over public land because they have been using it or living on it for at least three decades, further paves the way for large occupied plots to be legalized by abolishing the 2,000-square-meter limit.

Another part of the amendment accelerates the process of registering property on the cadastre by reducing the time it takes for a commissioned technical company to confirm proprietorship.