Director generals of cadastre organisations Western Balkan visit Kadaster

Director generals of 5 Western Balkan countries visit Kadaster to gain insights and knowledge in order to improve access to geo information.

From 24th until 28th April, director generals of 5 Western Balkan countries came to the Netherlands for a study visit. Their ambition is to improve access to and harmonisation of geo information in their countries. Kadaster supports them in this ambition in the SPATIAL project. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Waarderingskamer (The Netherlands Council for Real Estate Assessment) and Kadaster illustrated the Dutch situation. During discussions, knowledge and experiences were shared and exchanged.

Extensive programme

The programme of the study visit contained several presentations from Kadaster on f.i. registration of deeds, land surveying, key registers, but also about IT and the role as service provider. In The Hague, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained their strategy for the Balkan region and the Waarderingskamer elaborated on the process of real estate valuation in the Netherlands. After having the opportunity to experience the Dutch tradition of King’s Day, the programme continued on Friday with a demonstration of the registration and surveying processes at the Kadaster office in Amsterdam. In conclusion, main topics and priorities for the further execution of the SPATIAL project were determined. 
One of the directors indicated that understanding of the differences and similarities between the cadastre organisations helped to view the work from a different perspective. Another director indicated that "Kadaster's knowledge can help monitor our processes and thus prevent mistakes."

Background SPATIAL project

The study visit is part of the SPATIAL project that Kadaster executes in Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo*. SPATIAL stands for Strengthen Professional Access To Information About Land. The project is part of the MATRA-programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Through this programme, the Netherlands supports countries of the Southeast Europe with their EU accession prospects.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.