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About the IMPULS project

In the region of Western Balkan the institutions that are in charge of implementation of the spatial data infrastructure are making significant efforts in implementing the INSPIRE directive. Due to certain similarities and the fact that the establishment of Spatial Data Infrastructure in the region is generally under the responsibility of the National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCA).

Any problems in the implementation of the INSPIRE directive are trying to be solved in common ways for the region, through the implementation of regional projects as the IMPULS project managed by the Lantmäteriet with the State Geodetic Administration in Croatia as a junior partner. Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency are financing the project through Swedish Development money.

Generally the IMPULS project, involving so many different organisations, is a very complex project. To ensure the most efficient support possible for each beneficiary organisation the coordination between IMPULS and other ongoing initiatives is the responsibility of each organisation. This is due to the fact that the different organisations have different initiatives and project that need to be coordinated with the IMPULS activities.

The establishment of NSDI's in the region is generally under the responsibility of National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCA) or their respective ministries. Many governments in the region already have a legal instrument or other framework document determining the strategy and development of NSDI.

The background is that Western Balkan is a region of similarities and differences and these things has to be taken in to the consideration on the IMPULS project.

The similarities are:

  • change of economic and social system
  • heavy transition and devastation and relatively new countries
  • booming real-estate market
  • growing political stability, EU processes and reform activities in Land Administration
  • Land Administration registers more or less neglected in the past
  • focus on reorganization of institutions, human and ICT capacity building, digitalization, projects of resurveying
  • implementation of well proven international concepts and solutions
  • usage of additional funding sources beside the state budget (donations, WB, EU)
  • fast, slightly shifted, development
  • high expectation from the government and citizens
  • lack of staff and capacities
  • insufficient knowledge in some areas
  • organisational problems.

The differences are:

  • national, historical, political
  • legislative framework
  • different registration systems (integrated and dual)
  • responsibilities and status inside administration
  • relations with the private sector.

The implementing partners

  • Lantmäteriet, Sweden
  • State Geodetic Administration of the Republic of Croatia (SGA), as junior partner

The project beneficiaries

  • Immovable Property Central Registration Office of the Republic of Albania (IPRO)
  • National Authority for Geospatial Information in Albania (ASIG)
  • Federal Administration for Geodetic and Real Property Affairs of FBiH (FGA)
  • Republic Authority for Geodetic and Property Affairs of the Republic of Srpska (GARS)
  • Kosovo Cadastral Agency (KCA) of the Republic of Kosovo )
  • Agency for the Real Estate Cadastre of the Republic of Macedonia (AREC)
  • Real Estate Administration of the Republic of Montenegro (REA)
  • Republic Geodetic Authority of the Republic of Serbia (RGA)

Steering Committee (SC) members

  • Mr Peter Wasström, Lantmäteriet
  • Mr Damir Santek, SGA
  • Mr Boris Tundzev, AREC
  • Mr Lorenc Cala, ASIG
  • Mr Željko Obradović, FGA
  • Mr Miloš Komljenović, GARS
  • Ms Blerina Doracaj, IPRO
  • Mr Murat Meha, KCA
  • Mr Borko Drašković, RGA
  • Mr Dragan Kovačević, REA

Project Management (PM)

  • Mr Peter Wasström, Project Director, Lantmäteriet
  • Mr Lennart Johansson, Project Manager, Lantmäteriet
  • Ms Sanja Zekušić, Coordinating Advisor, SGA

National Coordinators (NC)

  • Ms Lidija Krstevska, AREC
  • Mr Dritan Prifti, ASIG
  • Mr Velibor Vitor, GARS
  • Mr Xhevair Llakaj, IPRO
  • Mr Muzafer Çaka, KCA
  • Mr Božidar Pavicević, REA
  • Mr Darko Vučetić RGA
  • Ms Slobodanka Kljucanin, FGA

National Coordinators (NC) are responsible for coordination of all activities within each beneficiary institution and driving the progress together with the involved staff from respective institution.

Since the IMPULS project is a wide and complex project several outputs will contribute to several outcomes and the main connections are described.

1. Sufficient level of knowledge, achieved by hands on work with actual implementation of the infrastructure needed, based on INSPIRE, enabling efficient maintenance, support and coordination of the infrastructure:

  • Established ways of working with regional and national cooperation.
  • Experience in all countries in the region increased by transferring knowledge to each other. This shall apply for the employees of the participating organisations as well as for employees of other institutions being important stakeholders for the implementation of the INSPIRE directive.

2. Efficient organisations and business processes using the developed infrastructure, enabling new possibilities to earn and save money:

  • Communication strategy developed (stakeholders involved).
  • Increased awareness and involvement among key stakeholders trough project events.

3. Interoperable technical solutions (e.g. software, services etc.) enabling sharing technical solutions within each country, the western Balkan region as well as with EU:

  • Established common data specifications to facilitate data sharing.
  • Master data are available through the infrastructure.

4. Suggested strategy for way forward in this area (NSDI strategy):

  • Existing examples of NSDI strategies discussed during workshops.
  • NSDI strategies for the beneficiaries reviewed by project experts.

5. Agreed plan, including organisation, ways of working etc. for maintaining, including additional datasets and developing the regional specification:

  • Routines for quality validation are implemented in accordance with common agreed standards.
  • Ensured quality of data (including a strategy how to improve data).

6. All necessary competences needed to maintain the results achieved in the project are in place for each country:

  • Analysis of competences needed.
  • Analysis of existing competence and means for training (facilities, institutions, programs etc.).
  • Trained staff.
  • On-line trainings (specific courses and/or programs) in place.

The project will provide the basis for how technical interoperability can be achieved, how authorities should disseminate geodata in an electronic format via services and how they should share geodata with other public authorities and also other countries.

The Expected Project Impacts (the long term ultimate result – change - which the project shall contribute to) are:

  • INSPIRE directive is implemented in the region, enabling the beneficiary countries to meet the EU-requirements in this area.
  • Interoperable content and services are delivered efficiently, supporting the development of e-government in each country as well as adding value to government and local administration, all in accordance with the Public Sector Information (PSI) directive.
  • Implementation of the INSPIRE directive, supported through this project, has contributed to the economic development, transparency of ownership and anticorruption processes, in accordance with SEE 2020 (specifically in the dimensions "Competitiveness", "Effective public services" and "Anti-corruption").

The expected project impact above will be further elaborated during the project, based on the benefits the beneficiaries want to achieve supported by the project.

The IMPULS project will also provide the basis for:

  • how technical interoperability can be achieved;
  • how authorities should disseminate spatial data in an electronic format via services;
  • how they should share geodata with other public authorities and also other countries.