INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Registra, SL
Mission and Objectives: 
The Association of Spanish Land and Commercial Registrars under the protection of Law 2/1995, dated March 23, opted to constitute a private limited company, REGISTRA, S.L., in order to carry out consulting activities (both domestic and internationally) regarding the organization and functioning of real estate, company and asset registrars as well as any legal or administrative organizations responsible for said registrars.
Formal Mandate: 
Umbrella organization including all Land and Commercial Registrars in Spain.
Registra has extensive experience of international co-operation, training and the provision of assessments, advice and recommendations in relation to land administration activities. The organisation has widespread contacts, which comprise several co-operation accords, and involvement in the countries of Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. International involvement also includes activities in the following countries of Central and Eastern Europe: •Albania: A group of Albanian experts on registration-related matters visited Madrid in September 2000, accompanied by a member of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to investigate the Spanish registration system, the mortgage market in Spain, and the organisational structure of the institution of the Spanish registry. Before that, a representative of the Ministry of Justice and the Association of Registrars had co-authored the official UNECE document on the 1998 analysis of the situation of the Albanian registration system. In addition, at the request of the Albanian government, he went to Albania as an advisor in 1999. •Armenia: The Association has also signed a co-operation accord with the Armenian Ministry of Urban Development, under which Spain shall provide advisory services on the implementation of a registration system in Armenia and the training of specialists.During the Armenians’ visit to the Association, the Minister of Urban Development took a great interest in the Central Mercantile Registries, the Index Service, registry disclosure and its control, the status of registrars and the financing and maintenance of registries. Under this accord, a delegation of registrars from the Association visited Armenia for a week in February 2001 to study the Armenian registration system, where they visited different registries. A report is forthcoming on the Armenian land registry’s shortcomings and needs, to serve as the basis for future co-operation projects and seminars. •Belorussia:The Association has signed a preliminary agreement with Byelorussia by virtue of which technical training will be provided for six Byelorussian specialists and aid will be granted for the creation of the Registry Staff Training Institute, and there will be co-operation in general with all registration-related projects. •Slovenia: As a result of work together with the Directorate General of the Cadastre, a group of representatives of the Association of Registrars is scheduled to visit Slovenia in March to help introduce a modern cadastre system co-ordinated with the land registry. •Romania: In September 1997 a co-operation agreement was signed between the Spanish Ministry of Justice and the Romanian Ministry of Justice in the field of real estate disclosure and the land registry. During the month of October 1998, a two-week course was run, attended by a team of Rumanian judges and magistrates invited by the Association of Registrars, to get in-depth knowledge of the Spanish registration system so as to introduce it in their country. A mortgage law was recently passed in Rumania which is very similar to the Spanish Mortgage Act, and it is the product of the work these two institutions have been doing together. Subsequently a representative of the Ministry of Justice and the Association of Registrars presented the Spanish system in the 1999 Bucharest seminar on the privatisation of the registration system, which ultimately led to the passing of a law based on Spanish registration legislation, on the basis of a project prepared in co-operation with the Association of Registrars of Spain. •Russian Federation: In January 1998 the Association of Land Registrars hosted a training course for Russian experts.
All Land and Commercial Spanish Registrars
International activities of the Association of Land and Mercantile Registrars and Registra include involvement in the following international organizations: • UNECE/WPLA (United Nations Commission For Europe – Working Party on Land Administration): a Geneva-based agency of the United Nations, deals fundamentally with the problems of land administration, so the problems stemming from cadastre management are its basic concern. The Association has been an active participant in UNECE meetings, presenting a range of speeches and publications, since the Oslo meeting of June 1997, and hosted the WPLA Workshop in September 2000. The Association has been involved in several activities under the auspices of WPLA. For example, an Association representative, José Simeón Rodríguez, was involved in an analysis of the situation of the Albanian registration system, which was published as an official UNECE document, and also acted as land registry advisor to the government of Albania. He co-authored another official UNECE documents, such as “Economic and Social Benefits of a Good Land Administration System” and “Proposals for Guidelines on Condominium Issues” and participated as Spain’s expert in advisory seminars on the privatisation of the registry (Romania), condominium property (Russia) and the analysis of the registry system (Albania). • CINDER (International Centre of Registration Law): CINDER was founded in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 2nd 1972, for the purpose of grouping all the public registries of the world as an aid to coordination, communication and improvement. The Association of Land and Mercantile Registrars of Spain, as an active member of CINDER (congresses held in Madrid 1974 and in Torremolinos 1991), cooperates intensely with the organisation, participating in all congresses and encounters CINDER organises. The Association has always submitted several speeches on every topic in each congress, which have been approved by each congress´ Assembly. The topics have included the Registry and Urban Development, the Registry and the Cadastre, the Registry Within each Country’s Social Reality, the Registry as a tool of economic development, the Registry in Land Zoning, and the Registry and Public Administrations. • CELK CENTRE: The Spanish Land Registrars have participated in the creation of the Steering Committee of the Central-European Land Knowledge Centre, which was created in Hungry and is part of the Advisory Committee as well as the Steering Committee. The purpose of this centre is to facilitate the development of registrar systems in Eastern Europe countries. It is financed by the World Bank.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Europe, South America
    Societal Sector
    State authority
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    - System for the digital graphic identification and description of land and plotting sheets identifiers. - Incorporation of environmental deteriorations in the Rights of the Land
    Environmental application domains
    Description of Land Ownership,register of rights of land
    Primary Business