LIFO 2020 | Bulgaria

LIFO 2020 Bulgaria - Country Factsheet

Published on: 18/02/2022
Last update: 17/02/2022
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The Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO) monitors the implementation of location interoperability good practices in European public administrations, based on the level of adoption of recommendations in the EULF Blueprint.

The overview of 2020 location interoperability status in Bulgaria is based on the information provided by the State e-Government Agency.

LIFO 2020 Bulgaria


The information collected through the LIFO 2020 data collection indicates that Bulgaria is positioned below the European average across all focus areas, with different degrees of maturity gaps.

The "Policy and Strategy Alignment" focus area is where Bulgaria reaches the best positioning, mostly due to the good use of location-based analysis for evidence-based policy making. There are still relevant shortfalls in this focus area, such as the lack of a fully-fledged location strategy.

The “Return on Investment” focus area comes next in terms of score. Bulgaria fares well in terms of approaches to facilitate searching, finding and accessing location data and web services for third parties, while most of the other practices are still quite immature.

The “Standardisation and Reuse” focus area has the third highest score for the country but is also the closest to the corresponding European average. The high degree of conformity of spatial datasets with INSPIRE implementing regulations and the number of key datasets accessible through APIs represent two positive practices. Less advanced practices concern the location architecture approach,  the limited reuse of generic ICT solutions in the SDI and the weak approach to location data quality governance.

In the “Digital Government Integration” focus area, the gap with the European average is quite high. Integration of location and statistical data, use of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) for cross-border digital public services, and the collaboration with external parties still at a low maturity level. Positive notes concern for example the extensive use of the SDI in delivering cross-government digital services or the maturity of INSPIRE implementation.

“Governance, Partnerships and Capabilities” is where Bulgaria’s positioning is the weakest. The widest gaps are in capacity building, but the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the governance of the SDI and the use of public-private partnerships to exploit location data are also areas for improvement.

LIFO index for 2020

The value of the overall LIFO index combining the scores for all focus areas is 0.34, which reflects the gaps of Bulgaria’s practices under various areas of location interoperability. This compares with a European average of 0.55.


            Overall EULF Blueprint implementation for Bulgaria

Additional information

For more details, download the factsheet in the attachment section below.

Click here to find out more about the Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO)

Click here to explore the LIFO 2020 and 2019 results in the LIFO Interactive Dashboards  


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