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New Romanian national mapping agency

  • An EEA Grants funded tripartite cooperation project between Iceland, Norway and Romania is preparing the ground for the foundation of a new Romanian mapping authority.

    Since the restitution of private property rights after the 1989 revolution, little has been done in the field of geographical information and land registration in Romania. Up-to-date and reliable geographical and land registry data is fundamental to the infrastructure and economic development of any country, as it documents property rights and provides decision-makers with the data needed for implementing sound policies and practices in areas as diverse of land planning, environmental protection, agriculture and forestry.

    At present Romania does not meet either national or EU needs or legal requirements in these fields, and maps and land registries are out of date. With the implementation of this project, Romania will be one important step closer to implementing the EU INSPIRE directive, which establishes a common and harmonised infrastructure for geographic information across national borders.

    Partnership for development
    A €1 million grant from the EEA Grants will now allow the Romanian National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration (ANCPI) to address these issues through a major organisational and human resource development project. The project will be carried out in partnership with the Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority and the Land Registry of Iceland.

    A platform for founding a new mapping authority will be created within the organisational structure of the ANCPI. Strategies, staffing plans and product and service specifications will be elaborated in order to prepare for the transition to the European geodetic reference system. Among the activities within the project is also the establishment of a new staff training centre and the development of on-site and internet-based courses. In addition, the ANCPI will establish a study centre bringing together social scientists, legal and technical experts which will monitor and advise ANCPI management on the latest technical and policy developments.

    The Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority and the Romanian National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration have already been cooperating in a number of fields for several years, and enjoy a close relationship. The Norwegian authority considers stable and up-to-date mapping and cadastral information as a vital prerequisite for socio-economic development, and has experience from similar projects in Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova and Serbia.

    Photo credit: The Romanian National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration.

  • Country:


    Project title:

    Land Administration Knowledge Improvement (LAKI)

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Human resource development


    € 959,928



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Agentia Nationala de Cadastru si Publicitate Imobiliara (ANCPI) / National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration

    Type of institution:

    National authority

    Project website:

    Project duration:

    30 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,585,964

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    19 August 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to study and design a national mapping authority for Romania, including establishing a study and a training centre, with the overall objective of providing reliable spatial- data and services in Romania that meet national and international requirements. Reference is made to the application dated 12 June 2008, and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - preparatory measures for creating a national mapping authority for Romania;

    - creation of a Study Centre;

    - creation of a Training Centre;

    - organising study visits and workshops;

    - management and publicity measures.

    The Project Promoter is the National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration (ANCPI).

    Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority and with the Land Registry of Iceland.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 48.94 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.