This section briefly introduces the European Land Information Service (EULIS) and the European Land Registry Association (ELRA) – two networks of land registers that operate at European level.
What is EULIS?
The EULIS Service (European Land Information Service) is an online portal enabling access into land registries across European borders.
It provides access to land and property information for professional customers in Europe. It is also a hub of information where you can find out about different land registration conditions in each country.
Currently, the national land registers of five Member States of the EU provide their land and property information in the EULIS network. Ten more EU Member States are at various stages working towards connection to the EULIS service. Contact details and website links of all EU official land registry organisations can be also found on the EULIS website.
What does EULIS offer?
The EULIS website offers links and information for all land registries in Europe. The EULIS service offers easy online access to official land and property information from all participating countries. Land registry organisations act as suppliers to and distributors of land information via the EULIS portal.
Registered land registry customers can search for land and property information in any connected register of EULIS by searching in the local service - there are help guides and customer service representatives for assistance. You can download and view the result of the search direct and online. Customers are charged through their regular national billing process.
In addition, the service provides online reference information from each participating country detailing the legal framework, registration, land transaction and the mortgage process, services available and the roles and responsibilities of authorities in the land transaction process. The reference information on each country can be used in conjunction with searches of the register or as background information on the local environment. Furthermore EULIS has developed a common terminology and translation tool to facilitate the understanding of different legal concepts related to land law in the EU.
Project "LINE" (Land Information for Europe)
In September 2010, EULIS started the Commission co-funded project LINE (Land Information for Europe) which has the following objectives:
- To gather together the community of official land registry organisations across all EU Member States.
- To deliver the next generation EULIS platform, which is technologically and financially-viable and through which land registry organisations across Europe can provide cross-border services.
- To identify and define a wide-ranging set of land information services and value-added products across Europe which will benefit legal practitioners and professionals associated with the administration of justice in the area of civil law (including solicitors, judges, notaries, bailiffs and other stakeholders) and improve the functioning of the internal market.
- To facilitate cross-border access to and use of legal information on real property to a wide range of users.
For more details please visit the EULIS website.
What is ELRA?
ELRA is a non profit association in accordance with the Laws in Belgium, consisting of 29 organisations representing the Land Registries of 22 European Member States. Its primary purpose is the development and understanding of the role of land registration in real property and capital markets.
What does ELRA offer?
ELRA aims at developing a pan European understanding on issues of common interest and provides a receptive forum and network for the exchange of ideas. ELRA's projects "CROBECO (cross-border electronic conveyancing)" and "ELRN (European Land Registry Network)" aim at the efficient use of ICT for information and cooperation purposes in land registry matters.
For more details please visit the ELRA website.
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Last update: 19/02/2014