Mr. Diamantopoulos's article in the Countryside Country “Forest Charts and Farm Aid”

The drafting and ratification of forest maps is a high priority on the one hand for our Constitution and on the other for a modern country that needs to know where, how much and what public and private property is. Two hundred years after the liberation of the Greek state and these issues have not yet been resolved. Today, we are called upon to solve them, through the evolution of things, which have inevitably created another situation.

So the forest charts do not create problems, but they bring them up and, based on the tools available in the legislation, citizens come to solve them, which of course are solved.

Our farmers, on the other hand, have for years been cultivating and subsidizing land that is doubtful in both form and ownership status. These issues mainly concern two categories of forest map. Arable land plowed sometime after 1945 (PA) and forested land after 1945 (PA), ie abandoned by their owners.

It also addresses most of the issues for Greek producers who, for the areas where we now have a forest map, should take appropriate action if they want to continue to receive subsidies for these areas, ie either the acquisition / change of use request. or for the objection / submission to Article 67 for forested areas.

However, this is not the case in areas where we already have a partially ratified forest map. In these, and if the owner-producer has not done the previous actions, then by August 2018 he / she only has the option of filing a takeover / change of use application in order to receive his / her subsidies normally.

Non-action on the part of producers or owners (Grade A and Grade A) mathematically leads to these areas being ineligible, with multiple negative consequences both for themselves and for our country, namely the loss of subsidized income to the producer, permanent loss of land eligibility for the country, possible retroactive charges, etc.

The solution is once again passed by the political leaderships of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and the RIS and it is the activation of the first and second level Local Authorities, who, as owners of the plots, must do the right thing, that is, to do the foreseen actions. If additional resources are required for this, the state must assist the Local Authorities so that they can take all necessary actions.

Settling issues related to forest maps and livestock aids, however, also creates business opportunities to develop application-services that facilitate citizens, and in particular Greek producers and owners.

These solutions must be reliable and personalized that, through simple and automated procedures, ensure payment of the corresponding agricultural aid and create the best conditions for the problems to be finally resolved.