Apr 19, 2011

EuroGeographics announces international not-for-profit status to secure solid foundation for future success

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EuroGeographics, which represents Europe’s National Mapping, Land Registry and Cadastral Agencies, has become an international non-profit organisation (INPO) to help deliver further benefits to policy and decision-makers worldwide.

The change in status – from a French non-profit association to an INPO under Belgian law – complements EuroGeographics’ move to Brussels, consolidating its position as the European voice for geographic information. The organisation’s structure and aim remain the same – to achieve interoperability of its members’ national land and geographic data to provide an information asset supporting Europe’s goal of becoming the most competitive and sustainable economy in the world.

“We are proud to represent some of Europe’s most highly-skilled and knowledgeable professionals who are fully behind this change,” says Dorine Burmanje, EuroGeographics’ President. “Our new status enables us to build upon a decade of growth and organisational development, ensuring that, together, we can continue to deliver tangible social, economic and environmental benefits and meet the demands of a rapidly changing market. It also coincides with plans for a European Location Framework, in which data from the National Mapping, Land Registry and Cadastral Agencies will play a key role.

“With our head office now established in Brussels, we are well placed to act as our members’ eyes, ears and voice in the heart of European policy making, ensuring that the role and benefit of their authoritative and definitive geospatial information continues to be well understood by those delivering services for Europe.”

EuroGeographics’ Secretary General and Executive Director, Dave Lovell adds: “We are delighted that 41 National Mapping, Land Registry and Cadastral Agencies were able to become founding members of the new organisation with the rest expected to make the transition by the end of the year.

“This marks an exciting new era for EuroGeographics and we remain committed to delivering even greater benefits to our members and stakeholders.”

For further information please contact EuroGeographics’ Executive Director, Dave Lovell, on +32 2 888 71 93, +33 676 396 241 (mobile), email dave.lovell@eurogeographics.org or Patricia Sokacova, EuroGeographics‘ Marketing and Communication Manager on +421 903 056 418/+421 948 388 908, email patricia.sokacova@eurogeographics.org

Notes to Editors

EuroGeographics is the membership association for the European national mapping, land registry and cadastral agencies. It brings together 56 members from 44 countries, from Portugal to the Ukraine and Iceland to Turkey. EuroGeographics’ members invest around €1.5 billion in the development of geographical information each year and use cutting-edge technology to create, manage, maintain and make available authoritative national databases.

EuroGeographics members are developing an infrastructure to integrate their national data – including topographic and land information – to deliver the definitive pan-European location framework for a wide range of uses. By sharing best practice and creating standard data specifications and policies, EuroGeographics aims to ensure that members’ individual geographical databases are compatible and can interact with one another. This will provide Europe with the high quality geographical information it needs to develop policies and legislation for the environment, business competitiveness, public services, legal systems, security and more.

The Association moved its head office from Paris to Brussels in May 2010 enabling it to continue to provide objective and constructive support to the European Commission, Parliament and institutions of Europe more quickly, efficiently and effectively.

To find out more about EuroGeographics, please visit www.eurogeographics.org

To see our Members’ geographical information in action, please visit our showcase at www.youtube.com/eurogeographics