The INSPIRE Directive sets the minimum conditions for interoperable sharing and exchange of spatial data across Europe as part of a larger European Interoperability Framework and the e-Government Action Plan that contributes to the Digital Single Market Agenda. Article 21 of INSPIRE Directive defines the basic principles for monitoring and reporting. More detailed implementing rules regarding INSPIRE monitoring and reporting have been adopted as Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1372 on the 19th August 2019.
This country fiche highlights the progress in the various areas of INSPIRE implementation. It includes information on monitoring 2020 acquired in December 2020 and Member States update.
A high-level view on the governance, use and impact of the INSPIRE Directive in Cyprus. More detailed information is available on the INSPIRE knowledge base.
Name of public authority
Ministry of the Interior
Dimostheni Severi Avenue,
+ 357) 22 867872 / 22804881
Andreas Hadjiraftis, Secretary for PPP and Contact Point
(+ 357) 22 804813
Contact person substitute
Anthi Koukkouri-Lakkotrypi, Representative, Ministry of the Interior
(+ 357) 22 804911
The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Cyprus, based on the Law N.43 (I) /2010, has undertaken a coordinating role in the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive in Cyprus, while the Department of Lands and Surveys, the Department of Information Technology Services and the Department of Environment have undertaken a leading role in its organisation and implementation. Under the legislation, provisions are made for the creation of a Management Council, a Management Team, Technical Committees and Working Groups, as shown in detail in the diagram above, which are already established.
Cyprus has made good progress on INSPIRE implementation since 2014. To remediate the delay on INSPIRE implementation which led to a legal pilot against Cyprus, Cyprus has initiated the following projects in 2014 which have led to implementations in 2015 and operational systems in 2016:
The new strategic plan (see point 1 above) for implementing the INSPIRE programme, includes a detailed analysis of the current state of play, it details the risks and costs and provides recommendations on how to fully comply with the Directive and the timetables.
The spatial data was documented and published in a catalogue and these metadata were posted on 14 January 2016 on the geoportal of the Republic of Cyprus at www.geoportal.gov.cy. Further updates are regularly done and monitoring reports are prepared.
In addition to the above, a team of technical experts were invited in Cyprus to examine the existing INSPIRE developments and provide solutions and recommendations. This team visited Cyprus twice in 2019, managed to solve a series of technical problems, and provided a report with recommendations for further developments. The report was officially submitted to the Management Council for approval and further instructions. Based on this report, further improvements were done to the current applications and e-services by local technical experts and private company technicians.