Welcome to the European Land Registry Network, a joint initiative of the European Land Registry Association.

ELRA (European Land Registry Association) started off with 12 members; it now has 32 organizations representing the land registries of 25 European countries, and is still growing.

ELRA wants to underline the significance of Land Registries in Europe as juridical institutions and the scope of the effects of registration pronouncements as a fundamental tool for progress and change in the rule of law in the field of property and rights on immovables.

The primary purpose of ELRA is the development and understanding of the role of land registration in real property and capital markets. Equally, ELRA is fully committed to work on behalf of Land Registries in Europe in cooperating with the EU institutions.

The aim of the Network is setting up the tools that facilitate a friendly access of the Land Registry services at European level, providing the general public with relevant and useful information about land registration within the European Union and offering information to better understand the registration systems of the different jurisdictions.

This instrument is called to be an essential cooperation instrument for the implementation of the Regulation of successions and other European initiatives. But the ELRN should also give assistance to other European legal networks made up of judges, bailiffs, lawyers, notaries and other legal practitioners who are involved every day in land registry matters.

A Network of Registry Contact Points will be articulated via this website to provide an easy and effective hub where information and assistance requests from users and officials of one country will be forwarded to the intended recipient of another.

The Network is supported by the European Commission within the framework program on Civil Justice as part of the General Programme ‘Fundamental Rights and Justice’, in order to contribute to the strengthening of the area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE NETWORK

  • To enhance the effective and practical application by Registrars of Community instruments and Conventions in force between Member States.
  • To establish and maintain an information system for the members of the ELRN via an ELRN website.
  • To establish and maintain an information system for the public via an ELRN website.
  • To enhance the smooth operation of procedures with cross-border impact and the facilitation of cooperation between Registrars in Member States and also with relevant EU authorities.
  • Other objectives may be set by agreement between the members of the ELRN and documented in an amendment to this Constitution.

 

Contact Points

  • Every member of the ELRN shall appoint one or more persons as a Contact Point.
  • A Person appointed as a Contact Point must be a Registrar with a legal background and adequate knowledge of the English Language
  • A Contact Point shall
    • Respond to a request from another Contact Point by providing all information to enable cooperation between the Member States by establishing the most appropriable direct contacts for each enquiry.
    • Provide the other Contact Points with information about their respective Domestic Law and other formal or substantive aspects arising in cross-border cases brought before the Land Registers.
    • Provide guidance to their Land Registry organisation about the applicable Community Law including competent authorities and specific procedures when Community law applies to Land registry procedures.
    • Facilitate coordination of the processing of requests for judicial registrar cooperation in the relevant Member State and European authorities in a more general sense.
    • Collaborate in the organisation and participate in the meetings of the Contact Points.
    • Assist with the preparation and updating of the information system to the public.

In order to preserve the necessary independence of the role of land registrars, the information provided by the Contact Points shall not be binding.

 

Operation of the Network

The ELRN will work by electronic means using secure communication systems and ICT tools must be developed to provide the Contact Points with adequate identification and authentication tools.

A specific procedure must be created to deal with the information and cooperation requests sent through the ELRN. Appropriate deadlines will be set for answers to be provided to requests and Contact Points will use their best endeavours to respond accordingly.

The official language of the ELRN will be English. Relevant information as well as national legislation may also be offered in its original language. The contact points will be compelled to use English language in their activity.

 

Annual Report

An annual report of the activities of the ELRN will be presented to ELRA for approval.