At its annual conference on economic reforms, which took place on February 1st, the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED) gave out its special award “Top Reformer in 2018” to distinguished individuals from the public administration and the media.
Borko Drašković received the Top Reformer Award for successfully implemented reforms relating to registering property rights in the Real Estate Cadastre and the establishment of electronic one-stop shop procedure – eCounter.
Since mid-2018, individuals and businesses are able the documentation for property registration and tax application to the Cadastre and tax authorities via public notaries. Six visits to counters have been replaced by a single visit to a public notary, and over the first six months of 2018, there have been more than 130,000 applications filed electronically, which accounts for 40% of all Cadastre procedures, while the time needed for an application to be processed has been reduced from 25 to 5 days.
“The eCounter system, developed by the Ministry of Construction and Republic Geodetic Authority, enables easier, more efficient and more secure registration procedure and the establishment of precise and complete records about real estate in Serbia. Even though public administration is often exposed to criticism, by presenting the Top Reformer award we wish to publicly recognize successful reforms and the people at their helm, as a format that should be followed by other state and local administration staff too”, said Deputy Chairwoman of NALED Managing Board, Dragana Čukić at the 11th annual conference on economic reforms.
According to the Cadastre director, Borko Drašković this is only the beginning of reforms. The next thing that the Cadastre is planning to do is to link the registry of immovable property with the databases of other institutions and further simplifying its procedures.
„With the support of NALED and the UK Government, we will soon establish a unique website for citizens, businesses and line institutions that will contain information about all aspects of registration with the help of video tutorials and a guide. We are also planning to launch a contact centre too“, said Drašković upon receiving the award.
The 11th edition of NALED’s Grey Book (in Serbian language) was also presented at the conference. The book contains 100 business recommendations for simplifying administrative procedures and improving the business conditions.
The conference was attended by Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlović, Minister of State Administration and Local Government, Branko Ružić, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, H.E. Mr. Sem Fabrizi and Head of the IMF Mission in Serbia, James Roaf.
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