Greece’s new Hellenic Cadastre

Apr 10, 2018 | Insight

According to Law 4512/2018, Greece has abolished and replaced its “National Cadastre and Mapping Agency S.A.” with a new public entity entitled the "Hellenic Cadastre" (“Elliniko Ktimatologio”). The new agency shall be based in Athens and is supervised by the Minister of Environment and Energy.

In addition, seventeen (17) cadastral offices shall be established, one in each region (except for the Attica region where three (3) offices shall be established and Central Macedonia region where two (2) offices shall be established) and other sixty eight (68) branches at major cities or islands as well. It should be noted that the new entity will be self-funded.

Which is the main purpose of the Hellenic Cadastre?

The main purpose of the Hellenic Cadastre is to ensure the reliability, publicity and availability of territorial and legal data relating to immovable property and the assurance of transaction security. The purpose of the entity is achieved by the registration of legal and technical information, the precise determination of the location and boundaries of the real estate and the publication of legal rights over each real property. The purpose of the Hellenic Cadastre also includes the geodetic and cartographic coverage of the country.

The Hellenic Cadastre shall be responsible for reinforcing transparency and security in property transfers, specifically, it is responsible for:

  • the compilation, updating and operation of the National Cadastre, in accordance with the applicable legislation;
  • the updating and operation of the system of Registrations and Mortgages;
  • the updating and management of the files of the system of Registrations and Mortgages;
  • the updating and operation of the system of pledges;
  • the updating and reviewing of topographical maps and topographic diagrams;
  • the design, development, organization, operation and management of systems which is necessary for management of geodetic material;
  • the planning and control of photogrammetric and telescopic tasks, i.e. aerial photographs and satellite images; and
  • the organization of digital geospatial data bases.

Furthermore, the Hellenic Cadastre shall:

  • manage the electronic cadastral databases;
  • co-operate with other governmental bodies to update the geospatial data and maps; and
  • provide services and know-how of its relevant field to third parties, i.e. in the field of geodesy, topography, land registry and geographic information systems.

What will happen with the personnel of “National Cadastre and Mapping Agency S.A.”?

According to the provisions of Law No 4512/2018, the personnel of the company under the name “National Cadastre and Mapping Agency S.A.” are not dismissed; under the above provisions the employees shall be transferred to the new entity, if they hold relevant qualifications.