The key steps followed for both the design and the implementation of the leasing process are as follows:
Modification of the existing legal framework (ministerial decision) in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, which defined the categories of beneficiaries, the rating and other details that either were not fixed by the existing regulatory framework or were dealt otherwise in it (August-September 2011).
Identification, review, on-the-spot checking, recording and classification of use of all available public agricultural land into a single database for the whole country. This is done by the topographical services of OPEKEPE and of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food in collaboration with the competent departments in each region (starting in September 2011, with continuous updating). More analytically, the disposed public plots were derived from the cross-check of three digital files, namely the reparcelling distributions archive of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, the parcel identification system (LPIS) of OPEKEPE and the database of the Integrated Administration and Control (IACS) applications of2009 & 2010 for the EU agricultural aids.
Design of the web-based platform for the electronic submission of applications and for the import of the results of administrative controls and its testing in the test environment (August-September 2011).
Launch of the process by posting the web-based application on 25/10/2011. The posting of available parcels is done every Thursday and for each post the closing date of submission of the respective applications is announced; this period is usually determined in one month from the date of the post. The posting of available land is a dynamic and continuous process.
After the deadline for submission of applications for each post, the administrative controls of supporting documents by a three-member committee of the Regional Unit, based on the classification that has been done through the online application, follow. This committee after the prementioned checks, submits to the regional governor a written suggestion including the name of the lessee, the lease period and the leasing plots. The process ends with the signing of the lease by the beneficiary and the regional governor and its transmission to OPEKEPE and the competent Tax Office.