29.11.2021.

Interview of the director Borko Draskovic, MS, for Blic

And while significant progress has been made in the digitalization of services of the Republic Geodetic Authority, which have reduced the deadlines for entry in the real estate cadastre register to only five days, says the case which are resolved under the old law, is much different.

The Council of Foreigners also pointed this out investor who says that despite significant progress, there are a large number of unresolved cases from past, some of which are several years old.

And while significant progress has been made in the digitalization of services of the Republic Geodetic Authority, which have reduced the deadlines for entry in the real estate cadastre register to only five days, says the case which are resolved under the old law, is much different. The Council of Foreigners also pointed this out investor who says that despite significant progress, there are a large number of unresolved cases from past, some of which are several years old. Although they say this is the state of the cadastre, the brake for their faster solution, however, is not that, but the application of analog business processes, which significantly complicate the work.

This is what the director of the Republic Geodetic Authority Borko claims for "Blic Biznis"
Draskovic because, as he states, the problem is much more complex.

- Old cases are resolved by the old law that prescribes analog business processes that are imprecise and confusing unlike new digital processes that have been applied since 2018 and enable the cadastre to decide requests within 5 days and appeals within 60 days. If the application of the old continues laws and processes that can be corrupt, resolving backlogs can take forever. RGZ therefore, he believes that solving this problem is possible through changing the law and applying new digital ones process because the old corrupt law, which is still in force, for cadastral reform represents a stumbling block - says Drašković.

In other words, the director of RGZ makes it clear that the existing legislation is not good and should be changed because the goal of this institution and project World Bank "Improving Land Administration in Serbia" to make the cadastre reliable, accessible, efficient and transparent service for all citizens. That is the way to overcome  problems and not pressures of any interest groups that see the problem only from their own angle, limited to personal needs.

If you think like that, Draskovic explains, then it represents it burden on the process of cadastre transformation and leads to confusion of citizens to whom this information they arrive selectively through the media.

- The Real Estate Cadastre, kept by the RGA, is a register with data on real estate, and all procedures before the cadastre are conducted exclusively in accordance with by law. The process of digitalization has entered the third and final phase, which has already made it possible achieve full transparency in resolving submitted requests. This means that it is possible to follow every step taken in that process by the clerk or his superior. If documents are missing one of the biggest misconceptions is that a link can help in the cadastre. There is such a tavern engineering root in times past. If a clerk tried to circumvent the law today it would be visible in the database because each step leaves a written, or more precisely, digital trace that permanently recorded. It would be possible to file a criminal complaint against that person, and data from the cadastre database they would serve as evidence in the proceedings - Draskovic explains. In addition, Draskovic warns that certain misconceptions about the cadastre, related primarily to the determination of property-legal relations, make work even more difficult.

- That work is under the jurisdiction of courts, notaries, executors, ministries, local governments. The cadastre registers in its database during the resolution of the request data provided in their documents by the bodies that deal with determining ownership. The legal obligation of the cadastre is to enter in its register exactly what is stated in the document. The work of those who determine ownership can be uneven because the law can be imprecise, then that becomes visible when entering in the real estate cadastre, which is consequently also inaccurate, so creates the illusion of inconsistency in the work of cadastre services - states the director of RGZ for "Blic Biznis". He he adds that diverse legal practice, including different entries, would eliminate the introduction of digitalization so far, the RGA has not opened this topic.

- Cadastres can only act according to regulations, but not at all based on practice. Courts and notaries are in charge of interpreting the law. History of ownership in Serbia is over 100 years old, and the issues related to determining ownership are old centuries, since the Turkish era. The modern cadastre dates back to the 20th century. To conclude, when everyone papers clean ", as citizens colloquially say, registration in the real estate cadastre is resolved in 5 days. If the documents are not in order or there is a previous request on the same real estate, it arises problem, Draskovic explains.

Original interview is below:

Blic, 29. 11. 2021.

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