The EU EIP NAP activity began in 2016 and will end in December 2021, the objectives were to:
- monitor the on-going implementation of National Access Points (NAPs),
- harmonise technical topics on NAP and NB services across Europe,
- support the NAP and NB community to learn from each other.
The concept of National Access Points (NAPs) for transport data was introduced by the EC in 2013. In this year the EC published the first two Delegated Regulations supplementing the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU, with the aim to speed up the development of EU-wide interoperable travel and traffic services to end users. Based on these delegated regulations Member States shall manage a NAP and designate an impartial and independent National Body to assess whether the requirements are fulfilled by public and private road operators, service providers, parking operators, map providers, broadcasters dedicated to traffic information, etc.
Now NAPs play a crucial role in data exchange in the field of mobility in Europe. NAPs vary in forms, e.g. portals, databases, marketplaces, and in services, e.g. data search, storage, and exchange.
A NAP is a web-based portal handling data concerning:
- Safe and Secure Truck Parking’s (SSTP),
- Real Time Traffic Information (road) (RTTI),
- Safety Related Transport Information (road) (SRTI) and
- Multimodal Travel Information (MMTIS) (all modes e.g. train, bus, metro, cycling).
--> Web links to all National Access Points in Europe can be found on the NAP map.
Annual NAP Reports
Starting in 2016 the EIP published the status reports on NAPs across Europe, these are based on information gathered from annual NAP surveys completed by Member States. In addition, in-depth topics are covered, e.g. best practices for Multi Modal Travel Information Services (MMTIS) and system architectures for NAPs in cooperation with the Frame Next project. (download EU EIP NAP Annual reports 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)
An important harmonisation item is Metadata, describing the datasets in NAPs, in structured and agreed manner. European NAP partners, under the coordination of EU EIP, have developed an update of the “Coordinated Metadata Catalogue”. This work is a blueprint for Metadata structures at each individual NAP in Europe. It defines a common, minimum Metadata set, in particular 32 Metadata elements, including their description, types and obligation levels.
It is considering all data and information domains of the EU Directive and the respective Delegated Regulations. The current update of the “Catalogue” also covers multi-modal travel data and services, according to Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2017/1926. The “Catalogue” is available here, including the accompanying annexes: annex 1 and annex 2. In addition, some background information on the “Catalogue”, including a slide deck, is available here.
A further outcome of the Metadata harmonisation activity is a Metadata Guideline for NAP deployers, discussing alternative Metadata approaches for individual NAP environments, taking into account higher-level considerations. This Guideline is available here.
Common Features and Level of Service of NAPs
This document describes a set of NAP features, including a checklist, intended to support good practice, help make existing and future NAP services available to a wider audience, facilitate data sharing, and promote the discovery of datasets. The features can be applied to all NAP structures. The report NAP Common Features and Level of Service can be downloaded here.
Uniform Declaration of Compliance
Uniform declaration forms serve the purpose of reducing the administrative burden for data providers as well as for the National Bodies. These forms were developed in cooperation with TISA (for SRTI and RTTI) and ESPORG (for SSTP). All forms are supported with an introduction letter and a list of definitions:
- Safety Related Traffic Information Services – download
- Real Time Traffic Information Services – download
- Safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas - download
NAP and National Body Harmonisation Group
This community of NAP and NB operators was established in Utrecht at the ITS Forum organised by EU EIP in 2018, followed by a NAP/NB workshop on 30 October 2019.
Photo credits: Gab Franken
This group has written a proposal in response to the call for proposals for the Program Support Action 'Implementation of a coordination mechanism to federate the NAPs'. This proposal was submitted end of March 2021. If successful, this NAPCORE project will run from June 2021 until December 2024. In total 27 EU Member States, plus Norway, Switzerland and the UK will participate in this project with the aim to harmonise the National Access Points in Europe and to harmonise National Body procedures in Europe.
Once the NAPCORE project has started the website address of the project will be available HERE.
Website European Commission
All related documents, such as the Commission Delegated Regulations as well as the EIP NAP documents ‘metadata’ and ‘self-declaration forms’, ‘DATEX EU harmonised Profile for the implementation of SRTI’ and ‘EU EIP SRTI & RTTI data Quality Package, are published as well on the website of European Commission DG MOVE – Mobility and Transport: ‘Technical Guidance for the implementation of EU specifications’:
The NAP map
The NAP map is interactive graphical overview of all active NAPs in Europe. It directs users to all NAPs in operation and gives details of the related National Bodies. The data shown is based on the outcomes of the EU EIP NAP 2020 survey.
Datex II usage in NAPs
Based on the annual EIP NAP survey the DATEX II platform published a map showing per country the use of DATEX II in their National Access Points for SRTI, RTTI, SSTPA and MMTIS. Link to Datex II usage in NAPs
The following organisations (countries) participated in the NAP activity:
- Rijkswaterstaat (The Netherlands)
- BASt (Germany)
- CEREMA (France)
- DGT (Spain)
- IMT (Portugal)
- ITS Romania, National Company for Road Infrastructure Administration (Romania)
- Trafikverket (Sweden)
- Transport Scotland & Department for Transport (United Kingdom)
- Autovie Venete (Italy)
- Vayla, Traficom (Finland)
- Vejdirektoratet (Denmark)
- AustriaTech (Austria)
- TTI (Ireland)
Besides the members of the working group this activity enjoys great interest of NAP and National Body operators of nearly all EU Member States and increasingly data suppliers and service suppliers as well.
National Access Point news items and articles