13th November 2014

Mid-Term Evaluation Report on INSPIRE Implementation

The European Environment Agency has published the mid-term evaluation report on the implementation of the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community) Directive.

The Directive entered into force in 2007 and should be fully implemented by 2019. The Directive seeks to establish an infrastructure for sharing spatial information in Europe to support the EU's environmental policies, as well as policies or activities that may have an impact on the environment. These include, for example, the Copernicus and Galileo programmes, the Directive on public sector information, as well as the transport, maritime and energy sectors. It is generally expected that the INSPIRE infrastructure will be useful in any policy or sector where location-related information is vital.

The mid-term evaluation report highlights that, even though the problems identified by INSPIRE still prevail, some good progress has already been achieved. INSPIRE ultimately aims to reduce challenges related to information sharing by improving documentation of spatial data and services, establishing more internet-based services, facilitating access to spatial data by improving interoperability, improving access to spatial data and services for public authorities, and improving the structures and mechanisms for the coordination of spatial information. Although progress on some of these objectives has been made, some challenges still remain, most notably, the barriers to information sharing and insufficient coordination of spatial information.

More information is available here.