In the period 26 – 28 June 2017, within the framework of the SPATIAL project funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and implemented by the Dutch Cadastre, a three-day workshop was held on the topic “Establishment of an Address Register in the Republic of Macedonia”. The regional project– Strengthened Professional Access To Information About Land (SPATIAL) in the Western Balkans region – is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the MATRA Pre-Accession Program.
The MATRA regional project is intended to help the countries in the region in the process of harmonizing and improving the access to available geospatial information. Regarding the Republic of Macedonia, the project should enable support for increased use of the geospatial data and services through the national geoportal of the Republic of Macedonia, preparation of a plan for completing the Address Register in the Republic of Macedonia, strengthened institutional structure and management, strengthened institutional and organizational capacities of the Cadaster in the process of performing the functionalities aimed at the provision of services, increased use of geospatial information for mass valuation and strengthened awareness and knowledge of the open data concept. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Agency for Real Estate Cadastre, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the City of Skopje, as well as representatives from the private survey companies hired for the collection of address data from the field.
The specific objective of this workshop was to transfer the experiences in the establishment and maintenance of the Address Register in the Netherlands to all stakeholders in the Republic of Macedonia who have a specific role in the establishment and maintenance of the Address Register in the Republic of Macedonia and to provide a second opinion on the easier establishment of the Address Register in standard format in accordance with the INSPIRE-Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU dated 14 March 2007, as well as the INSPIRE Data Specification on Addresses – Technical Guidelines dated 24 April 2014.
The representatives of the Agency for Real Estate Cadastre presented the Draft Law on Address Register, the mobile application for collecting the address data from the field, the system for quality control of the collected address data from the field and in general the challenges that we face regarding the establishment of the Address Register.
The experts from the Dutch Cadastre presented their experiences at the workshop and as experts in that area they proposed some draft-solutions to the significant challenges that we face in the process of establishment of the Address Register in order to create a more efficient Address Register.