Marius Ursu, the head of National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration, is against the move.
The government has designated the Department for Infrastructure Projects and Foreign Investments as a centralized unit for purchases of products, services and works related to the project concerning the integrated information system for cadastre and real-estate advertisement in urban areas, Mediafax informs. The Department will purchase, on behalf of the National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration (ANCPI), the consultancy services for the drafting of the technical-economic documentation and of the study of substantiation, as well as for the procedure of awarding the contract, in line with a government decision. According to the Department, ANCPI finds itself in the financial impossibility of ensuring the resources needed to finalize the project in line with the contractual obligations assumed through the agreement with the World Bank, so that “the project is in danger of not being finalized successfully, with all the negative institutional and operational consequences that derive from this fact.” Marius Ursu, the head of ANCPI, stated for ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily that he disagrees with the privatization. Specialists from the domain expressed their irritation with the fact that there was no debate in spite of the subject’s huge importance.
What is certain is that, after the government decision is published in the Official Gazette, Dan Sova, the Minister for Grand Projects, can hire specialists in order to come up with the tender book, to organize the tender and to designate the winner – the company or consortium that will handle the cadastre works for all of Romania’s cities. The private companies that will win the contract will have a monopoly over everything pertaining to cadastre measurements in urban areas, at their expense, and will recover their money from taxes.
Several public notaries but also the representatives of cadastre companies explained for EVZ.ro that as a result of this measure the taxes and tariffs will rise, both in level and number. Sova sent the draft government decision to be signed without the substantiation note that talked about privatization. Nevertheless, Marius Ursu has signed in favor of the leasing of cadastre in urban areas. Former Development Minister Elena Udrea pointed out that the government still has chances to obtain Europe’s financial support from the budget exercise that will start in January 2014.