More than a decade ago, Lithuania started the process of radical and complicated transformations and reforms in order to move from a centrally planned economy towards a market economy. After the reestablishment of independence, the development of the new system of land and real property administration started with the restitution and privatization of real property. Basic legal acts were passed to overcome the consequences of a planned economy, restoring ownership rights to citizens, regulating property relations and establishing a system of legal registration of restored property and rights, thereby ensuring the protection and security of tenure. A new legal and institutional infrastructure and business environment have been developed. These developments have created new possibilities for Lithuania and made a great impact on its economy, society and public life. On May 2004 Lithuania became a member of the European Union.
3. Lithuania has selected a modern approach to the development of its land and real property administration system. The system has successfully been developed step by step, in accordance with the UNECE Guidelines on Land Administration. Lithuania took into account the experience gained in other UNECE countries and made effective use of international assistance. The establishment of the system was influenced by new markets, economic development, significant technological progress, social changes and the emerging relationship between State institutions and private businesses.
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