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Land Registry & Town Planning to enter 21st century

THE INTERIOR ministry has presented new automation systems that will be installed at the Town Planning and Land Registry departments to upgrade the services they offer the public.

Presenting the systems on Friday, Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis expressed his conviction that they will “usher in a new era in the services provided by the state to the public.”

The first concerns a comprehensive information system worth over €12 million for the Town Planning Department that will cover all its activities and services as well as those of district administrations regarding construction permits.

The system will be rolled out gradually within 36 months from the day of introduction, the minister said.

For the public it would mean less bureaucracy and shorter waits for construction permits, Sylikiotis said.

It will also allow people to access useful information through the Internet.

“For the state, among others, it means cuts in cost, increase of productivity, (and) a more rational organisation of development,” Sylikiotis said.

As regards the Land Registry, in the next two months the department will introduce an Internet application that will provide the public with information on plots of land.

At the same time the Land Registry will be linking its systems with municipalities that will be able to input information about property within their boundaries, the minister said.

This will in turn enable the Land Registry to swiftly provide the public and other departments with information. Tenders for this system will open early March.

Sylikiotis also said that efforts were underway to introduce in the next four months, an online system linked to the civil registry and migration department where users will be able to change personal data and submit applications.