Managing state-owned land: 3 mln EUR from Germany

In Sremska Mitrovica, mayors and presidents of municipalities in Vojvodina were presented with the project of improving land management at local level in the Republic of Serbia, which should increase the transparency and expedite leasing of the state-owned land.

The project is being implemented by the German corporation for international cooperation GIZ and will last three years. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development provided EUR 3 million for this purpose. One of the most important results of the project will be the Geographical Information System, which aim will be to simplify leasing state-owned agricultural land, as well as ensuring better planning and control of how state-owned land is being used.

Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Branislav Nedimovic pointed out that the new electronic system would increase the transparency and expedite leasing of state-owned farmland.

– In the agricultural sector, farmland is  the state’s most important resource. We started transforming this system immediately after forming the new government. The novelty is the electronic system for communication between local self-governments and the Agri cultural Land Directorate which means that local self-governments now have  all maps and orthophotographs at their disposal. They have everything they need for properly leasing farmland and minimizing the possibility of misuse – Minister Nedimovic said.

He pointed out that the main idea was for the system to eliminate the possibility of human error and reduce the possibility of corruption.

(eKapija, 29.11.2016)

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