- May 15, 2007
- Posted by: EARSC
- Category: EARSC News
After being published in the official Journal on the 25th April 2007, the directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) entered into force on 15 May 2007. At the same time, the INSPIRE Works Programme for the development of the Implementing Rules required by the Directive has been published on the INSPIRE site.
INSPIRE represents a major milestone for the use of Geographical Information in Europe as a contribution to environmental policy and sustainable development. Already the Commission services concerned with the Directive (DGs Environment, Eurostat and Joint Research Centre) are elaborating a road map and setting up structures that will support the decision making process. Member states have been asked to designate their delegates to the INSPIRE Committee and also their contact point as required under Article 19(2) of the Directive. A first meeting to establish the Committee is being prepared and will take place in Brussels at the end of June.
INSPIRE will have to be in place in Member States by 15 May 2009.