After the publication of the Delegated Regulations on Information Services in 2013, 2015 and 2017 National Access Points (NAPs) and National Bodies (NBs) should be „up and running“ in all EU Member States by now. However, the status of the operational level and readiness of NAPs and National Bodies varies greatly among Member States. This is partly caused by the fact that many NAP operators and National Bodies still have a lot of open questions:
How to get private organisations to make their data available at NAP?
What about data from inter-/multinational organizations?
How to carry out the assessment of compliance?
How should data and quality checks/validation by the National Body and NAP look like?
What are the data standards, data formats, etc. that should be used, recommended, supported for the different data categories?
Which type of NAP to implement (only weblinks, database, …)?
The EU EIP project has dealt with a number of these issues such as developing declarations of compliance, guidelines for metadata and common features of NAPs and annual state-of-the-art reports with best practices. However, EU EIP is a project which ends in 2020, and its partners are mainly national road operators, whereas the latest delegated regulation on MMTIS requires a wider stakeholder involvement (other modes, other data, cities/regions).
Therefore, the EU EIP has launched the idea to form a bottom-up group/network of actual NAP operators and National Body representatives. This will be open to all Member States and will support NAP operators and NB representatives to speed up the implementation of NAPs in Europe through common approaches and best practices exchange. Possible goals might be:
Support group for NAPs and NBs
Exchange best practices
Find common issues worth working on jointly
Document common approaches
Define needs and requirements for EU-wide harmonization
Act as single voice/liaison/lobby towards EU Commission and international organisations
This idea will be the main topic of the European NAP/NB workshop.
When: Wednesday 30th October 2019
Time: 9:00 – 16:00
Location: Rijkswaterstaat LEF Future Centre in Utrecht, Netherlands
Optional: Welcome diner on Tuesday October 29th in Utrecht city centre
The aim of the workshop is to:
Come up with working structure and future funding
Align with other EU activities
Registration is open for NAP operators and National Body representatives from all EU Member States. For registration (free of charge) please send an email to Timo Hoffmann: firstname.lastname@example.org.