INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Slovakia - 2022: Country Fiche

Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • State of Play
    • Coordination
    • Functioning and coordination of the infrastructure
    • Usage of the infrastructure for spatial information
    • Data Sharing Arrangements
    • Costs and Benefits
  • Key Facts and Figures. 
    • Monitoring Indicators

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.

State Of Play

A high-level view on the governance, use and impact of the INSPIRE Directive in Slovakia. More detailed information is available on the INSPIRE knowledge base.


National Contact Point
Name of Public Authority: 
Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
Postal Address: 

Tajovského 28

975 90 Banská Bystrica


Contact Email: 
Telephone Number: 
+421 048 4374 523
MIG Contacts: 
Contact Person: 
Martin Tuchyňa
MIG T Contacts: 
Contact Person: 
Martin Tuchyňa
Contact Person: 
Martin Koška
Coordination Structure & Progress: 
  • Coordination Structure
    • Coordination of the relevant stakeholders in Slovakia is facilitated on two main levels:
      • Strategy / Main public sector stakeholders’ level represented by Coordination Committee of NSDI (NSDI Council / KR-NIPI)
      • Technical / implementation level represented by Expert Group of NSDI (NSDI Expert Group / ES NIPI). The ES NIPI coordinates the work of ad hoc Technical Working Groups).
      • Main responsibility for the INSPIRE implementation and coordination was assigned to the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, supported with the Coordination Council (KR NIPI). KR NIPI is representing the main central public authorities, including the representation of local governance.
      • Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic is also in charge of National Geoportal, Spatial Data Registry as well as National INSPIRE website maintenance, communication with the Slovakian stakeholders, communication with European Commission, and provides the primary contacts in both Maintenance and Implementation Groups: MIG (policy) and MIG-T (technical).
      • From the 2020 INSPIRE implementation process is supported with the NSDI Data Office, established with the mission to ensure support for the coordination of the establishment and maintenance of NSDI, including utilising the activities of national ESPUS project.
  • Progress
    • In summary, INSPIRE implementation in Slovakia during 2021 started its improving trend, mainly on the side of spatial data availability, but still a lot needs to be done in the direction of the subsequent usability.
    • Main focus of the activities during the 2021 was on improvement of the overall INSPIRE implementation performance with the focus on availability of the spatial data via services and interoperability aspects.
    • Main progress has been achieved in the conformity of metadata and accessibility of spatial data sets aspects.
    • Main challenges remains with the conformity of spatial data sets as well as with the conformity of some types of network services. 

Functioning and coordination of the infrastructure

  • Coordination of the NSDI during the 2021 took place as via NSDI council and NSDI Expert Group meetings, as well as via specific events (e.g. ITAPA Green Data Digital Talk, ESPUS Conference or Inspirujme se 2021 Conference) and direct communication with the stakeholders. In order to collect information about the status of the INSPIRE implementation across the main stakeholders, set of two documents has been prepared and communicated in order to stimulate and support INSPIRE implementation for each data provider. GeoProfile documents has been prepared providing the summary of the metadata, including related analysis. Secondly, Passport documents, has been prepared with the aim to collect information about spatial data not yet registered in NSDI and with possibility to indicate required support to fulfil INSPIRE requirements. Based on this, specific identification, processing, publication, harmonisation and validation of spatial data and services took place as on the side of the data producers, as well as with the support of MoE infrastructure for those providers with limited capacities on their side.

Figure 1: SK INSPIRE monitoring indicators 2021 (Source INSPIRE Monitoring and Reporting 2021)

  • Identification and documenting spatial data and services via metadata took place together with revision of the quality and compliance. This was done also in connection to the consolidation of the metadata and clarifying the scope of spatial data content shared on national and European level. This resulted on one hand in reduction of the metadata records for datasets (DSi1.1), and on other hand, increased amount of metadata records for spatial data services available on EC Geoportal from Slovakia (DSi1.2). Additional progress has been also achieved with increased availability of the regional datasets metadata (DSi 1.4). Amount for the INSPIRE priority datasets as well as national scope metadata remains similar to situation from 2020.

Figure 2: INSPIRE indicators for availability of spatial data and services (Source INSPIRE Monitoring and Reporting 2021: Process, results and way forward)

  • From the content point of view, initial focus is on data available in original structure (AsIs non harmonised data) and consequently start (ToBe INSPIRE data) harmonisation process to meet requirements for INSPIRE themes as well as INSPIRE priority datasets. With that outcomes of the INSPIRE monitoring 2021 confirmed slight increase of the datasets fulfilling requirements for INSPIRE interoperability. At this point is important to highlight negative impact of the availability of the AsIs datasets metadata in the total amount of the metadata harvested on EC Geoportal as with high amount such metadata records, overall indicator values for the INSPIRE interoperability compliance are pulled down as these are counted from total amount of the harvested metadata records. That keeps for instance percentage of harmonised INSPIRE Annex I themes (DSi2.1) still low (15%), although there are already harmonised datasets for all Annex I themes in Slovakia. Similarly for the Annex II themes indicator is low (DSi2.2 – 9%) although except Land Cover all other themes are already represented with harmonised datasets. In case of Annex III themes, there remains themes with missing coverage by the harmonised interoperable datasets. Despite the effort taken during the year also in harmonisation activities, this will impact evaluation about future scoping, which data will be kept on national level and which will be harvested to the EC geoportal. It is important to stress, that it will be important to make available clear and re-usable documentation and sw tools / API functionality not only for validation of the resources, but also for the linking metadata for datasets with service metadata as well as for calculating indicators.
  • Important progress has been achieved in the accessibility of the spatial data via view (NSi2.1) and download services ((NSi2.2)).
  • Finally, full compliance of the discovery services has been confirmed via (NSi4.1) indicator. Anyway, still significant effort needs to be taken to fulfil compliance requirements for remaining network services.

Figure 3: INSPIRE indicators for conformity of metadata, spatial data sets, accessibility of spatial data and conformity of network services (Source INSPIRE Monitoring and Reporting 2021: Process, results and way forward)

  • For the INSPIRE priority datasets, set of new services has been published and documented via metadata, but still further datasets have to be identified, published and documented with the metadata. Where possible harmonisation activities also started to take place. Stronger involvement have to be triggered for the domains of Nature, Noise, Waste and Industrial emissions

Figure 4: INSPIRE priority datasets progress since 2020.

 (Source Status report action 2.1. “needs driven data prioritisation” 15th INSPIRE MIG)

Usage of the infrastructure for spatial information

  • There is available only limited type of quantifiable evidence of the infrastructure use from Google analytics statistics related to the INSPIRE related websites for 2021:
    •  15 872 users, 31 115 relations, 88 128 pageviews, daily average 71 users;
    •  2 397 users, 4 616 relations, 8 485 pageviews, daily average 10 users;
    •  2 093 users, 3 642 relations, 5 002 pageviews, daily average 8 users.


Figure 5: Facebook page audience (Source:

  • Increased amount of the data made available via network services as well as their documentation via metadata provides assumption of the offering for the users.
  • More detailed monitoring of the network services usage shall be designed and deployed. When some data providers where asked about the monitoring of their data usage, only some replayed positively.
  • Further activities are foreseen to improve the situation in the monitoring, evaluation and improvement of the usage of the infrastructure for spatial information in Slovakia.

Data sharing arrangements

  • In order to improve the support for the documenting Data sharing related metadata attributes, Guidelines document has been prepared and shared for the Spatial data registry.
  • All SK INSPIRE datasets are shared under Open Data Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.
  • Activities to prepare and publish national translation of the Creative commons licenses (ver.4) were initiated.
  • Similarly there are ongoing activities focused towards user side, in order to support filtering metadata for Open spatial data via Spatial data registry and National Geoportal.
  • There has been no significant progress towards connection to the transposition of the new PSI directive in connection to the High value datasets.
  • For the integration of the open spatial data to the National Open Data portal MoE is in connection with the team responsible for the New open data portal development on the Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic in order to ensure synergies.

Costs and benefits

  • The cost and benefits evaluation is based on the information collected in the structured tabular information from the representatives of the NSDI council.
  • The total indicative costs related with the INSPIRE implementation:  799 756 € and 790 person days.
  • From the Benefits perspective, these were identified mainly as:
    • Unified access to spatial data (priority / harmonized datasets);
    • More efficient management and functionality of internal spatial data and services;
    • Streamlining the work of employees - the quality of consulting and decision-making activities;
    • Reduction of manual requests/ demands for the provision of spatial data from providers;
    • Improving the availability of spatial data;
    • Clarification of the existence of spatial data and services;
    • Faster and more up-to-date access to spatial data via network services;
    • Reuse support;
    • Increasing the potential for linking with non-spatial data;
    • Identification of problem areas requiring external support;
    • Increased pressure on digital data machine delivery;
    • Improved the provision of environmental information, not only for the needs of EU monitoring and reporting;
    • Increased pressure on the quality of spatial data and services and their documentation with metadata;
    • Analytical use (environment, healthcare and other areas);
    • Raising awareness of the potential of spatial data and services;
    • Published metadata and spatial data services;
    • Published datasets;
    • Ensuring the availability of forest data to a wide range of users without restrictions;
    • Processing of data requests through services.
  • Detailed information about the costs and benefits can be accessed via this summary table. Details, based on the information provided by the organisations.
Key facts and figures