Title: Development of NSDIs in Western Balkan countries in accordance with INSPIRE
Citation: SDI & SIM 2013 International Conference Proceedings p. 1
Publisher: South-East European Research Institute on geo Sciences "Geo-SEE Institute"
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC86048
ISBN: 978-9989-936-43-2
URI: http://pdfcast.org/download/proceedings-sdi-sim-2013.pdf
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The INSPIRE Directive requires actions from the EU member states and also has direct implications on the countries in the neighbourhood of the EU, regardless whether they are candidate countries or not. Preconditions for the EU membership, to which actually all the countries of Western Balkan (WB) countries aspire is their administrative capacity to incorporate the EU acquis, to fulfill the adopted standards and to execute the assumed obligations. INSPIRE Directive is just one but very important piece of legislation in environmental acquis and is a part of negotiation processes between European Commission and candidate countries. This paper provides analysis of existing status and conditions of National Spatial Data Infrastructures (NSDIs) in WB countries. Results of analysis clearly shows that in all countries are ongoing initiatives on NSDI implementation in the line with the INSPIRE. The level of implementation between countries however differs but they are all on the right track. In the paper main existing and future achievements are discussed together with SWOT analysis. Paper is also complementing the INSPIRE State of Play Report from 2011 especially with the situation in the countries for which there are no such consistent information available. At the end some conclusions and recommendations for further developments are given to foster WB countries in their efforts to develop NSDIs in accordance with INSPIRE.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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