INSPIRE Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community
| Country: EU Projects
| Start Date:
| Contract Number: Directive 2007/2/EC
| Organisation Type:
Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body
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| Project objectives:
The INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 25 April 2007, and entered into force on 15 May 2007. INSPIRE lays
down general rules for the establishment of an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe, for the purposes of environmental policies and policies
or activities which may have a direct or indirect impact on the environment.
INSPIRE should be based on the infrastructures for spatial information that are created by the Member States and that are made compatible with common Implementing
Rules and are
supplemented with measures at Community level. These measures should ensure that the
infrastructures for spatial information created by the Member States are compatible and usable in a Community and transboundary context.
In close collaboration with stakeholders in the Member States and in parallel with the co-decision process of the Directive, the Commission started the
drafting of the Implementing Rules in the Preparatory Phase (2005-2006). This is being done in so-called Drafting Teams, which are composed of experts from
stakeholder organisations. A number of deliverables have already been produced by the Drafting Teams. This work is done on a voluntary basis, and the Commission
wishes to express its appreciation for the efforts that organisations and individuals have put into the process.
The work of the Drafting Teams continues in the Transposition Phase 2007-2009. This document is the work programme of the Commission services, in collaboration
with the stakeholders, for the Transposition Phase. It builds on the results of the Preparatory Phase, and its aim is to prepare for the Implementation Phase.
| Achieved Objectives:
INSPIRE requires the Member States to implement various measures. Some of these measures shall be transposed by the Member States, while others require more
detail, to be formulated in so-called ‘Implementing Rules’. The transposition involves the adoption of national legislation to meet the objectives set by
the Directive. The Directive itself gives a timeline for the adoption of the Implementing Rules. In order for the Implementing Rules to be ready in time, the
process for their development had to start early. A transparent and participatory procedure was put in place involving stakeholders in the Member States and
concerned international organisations.
Hence, in parallel to the Co-Decision Procedure, the Commission initiated actions to prepare draft Implementing Rules, with the stakeholders playing
a key role. This Preparatory Phase, which started with the Commission’s proposal for INSPIRE, came to an end with the entry into force of the INSPIRE Directive,
although a number of activities including the drafting of the Implementing Rules will continue into the Transposition Phase.
| Product Descriptions:
Interoperability of spatial datasets and services
Monitoring and reporting
| Additional Information:
| Project Resources:
INSPIRE Home Page - Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community
| Funding Programme(s):
EC Other programmes
| Link to Organisations:
Professor Paul Bardos
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