XXVIII General Assembly

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December 3, 2019 /

On the 22nd November, ELRA celebrated the XXVIII General Assembly in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Hosted by the Dutch Kadaster, ELRA had the honour to welcome academics from the Universities of Maastricht and Trento, Judges from Italy and Spain, and representatives from other EU associations such as IPRA-CINDER and for the first time a representative from the European Business Registry Association, EBRA. Special mention deserves the presence of Fidel Santiago, Programme Manager of DG for Informatics of the European Commission.

On this occasion, the General Assembly accepted the candidatures from the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento (Italy) and The Institute for Property Law of the University of Leuven (Belgium) become partners of ELRA.

Discussions focused on two panels on legal implications of the new technologies, and smart contracts data and Land Registration.

Moderated by Sjef van Erp, Professor of Civil Law and European Private Law at Maastricht University, the panel on legal implications of the new technologies was made up by Jacques Vos (Dutch Kadaster), who explained the need and possibilities of emerging technologies, Oleksii Konashevych (PhD researcher at RMI University), who focused on storage and access of a transaction in the frame of Blockchain with eIDAS signature, and Silvino Navarro (I+D+i Committee of the Colegio de Registradores de España), who presented the idea about Blockchain identity.

Elena Ioriatti, Professor of Comparative Law at Trento University, was in charge of moderating the second panel on Smart Contracts data and Land Registration. Fidel Santiago, expert from the European Commission, focused on the data in the Land Registry: quality and interoperability, Neoclis Neocleous, Head of the Cyprus Integrated Land Information System, Department of Lands and Surveys, explained the Cyprus LIS: The impact of Emerging Technologies at the Land Registry, and Nuno Cunha Rodrigues, Professor at the Lisbon Law University, the smart contracts and Land Registry.

In the afternoon, representatives from the Dutch Kadaster made a presentation of the Land Registry System in The Netherlands.

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