On 14 April 2018, the Law on the National Spatial Data Infrastructure entered into force, and was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No. 27/2018 of 6 April 2018.
The Law on National Spatial Data Infrastructure regulates the establishment and maintenance of a national spatial data infrastructure – NSDI, as an integrated geospatial data system, which allows users to find and access spatial information from a variety of sources, from a local, national to global level, in a comprehensive way.
The establishment of the NSDI ensures public access and removes barriers to the exchange or sharing of geodata among public authorities (state bodies and organizations, bodies and organizations of territorial autonomy and local self-government units, public enterprises, as well as other persons entrusted with the exercise of public authority) both at the national level and within the cross-border cooperation. It is important that this Law is transposed into national legislation EU Directive 2007/2 / EC known as the INSPIRE Directive, for which implementation the Republic Geodetic Authority is in charge in the framework of process of accession to the European Union and Chapter 27 – Environment and Climate Change.
In the coming period, a number of by-laws will be enacted to regulate in detail the matter of law relating to the implementation rules for metadata, monitoring and reporting, interoperability, network services and access to geodata sets and services, including public access and data exchange among public authorities. Also, the adoption of special acts is ahead by the NSDI Council, the body responsible for the establishment of the NSDI, concerning the theme description, as well as NSDI stakeholders, public authorities responsible for creating, collecting and maintaining geodata related to mentioned themes, as well as those public authorities that use these data in their work within their jurisdiction.