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 2021 acquired in December 2021 and Member States update.
A high-level view on the governance, use and impact of the INSPIRE Directive in Latvia. More detailed information is available on the INSPIRE knowledge base.
Name of public authority
The Ministry of Environmental protection and Regional Protection of Republic of Latvija
Peldu Street 25, Riga, LV-1004
Mr. Gatis Ozols
Mr. Jānis Krakops
The main achievements of this reporting period (2016-2018) [Effectiveness]:
The main achievements of this reporting period (2019-2021):
On July the 7th the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Digital Transformation Guidelines for 2021-2027. The guidelines reference the further development of the digital twin concept in Latvia stressing the importance of data and the need to harness the potential of data by crating data based modeling solutions in different fields such as climate change, extrema weather, healthcare, civil protection, policy development. Latvia has also expressed the intent to participate in the DestinE project encouraging the re-use of the data provided for INSPIRE and other EU initiatives.
In 2021 the Ltd. Latvian Environment Geology and Meteorology Centre as one of the biggest INSPIRE data providers was working on two EU structural funds projects that aimed to facilitate the implementation of the directive – they have developed a solutions that ensures the data viewing and download services for their INSPIRE data in the national Geoportal and the EU INSPIRE data portal. The Latvian Environment Geology and Meteorology Centre have also developed a solutions for gathering structured data on mineral resources (more information about the project and the available data sets here).
Work is still ongoing in the second project that aims to prepare the INSPIRE data held by the company for re-use in accordance with the requirements of the directive, develop the river basin management information subsystem, centralizing the maintenance of water body data and improving the possibilities for data viewing and develop the infrastructure of the data center to maintain the accumulated data (more information here)
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia has also began the work to develop a new national data exchange platform (DAGR). The objectives of this project are to promote the exchange of information and to improve interoperability of solutions in public administration, as well as ensuring the availability of data with guaranteed access times. After the implementation of this project, the public administration will be able to collect potentially all national authority data in a single data distribution platform that can be used by data consumers to retrieve real-time data, including geospatial data from source systems.
On the 21st of December 2021 the Cabinet of Ministers approved an informative statement about the implementation of the “Open by Default principle” that in essence means that that all information which is not specifically protected is accessible to the public in a convenient way. The informative statement also states the importance to open high value open data defined in the INSPIRE directive like earth observation data, environment data and more. The 2022 budget foresees the opening of a number of high-value datasets, such as address, cadastre and meteorological data.
In addition the State Land Register has received funding to open data from four national data registers the Cadastre Information System, the Address Register, the Central Database for High Detailed topography Information and the Restricted Territories Information System. Data from these systems will be available as open data.