Title: Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in the Community (INSPIRE) 
Resource Type: document --> policy documents 
Country: European Union 
Year: 2004 
Availability: Commission staff working document, Extended impact assessment, Brussels, 23.7.2004, SEC(2004) 980, COM(2004)516 final 
Author 1/Producer: European Commission 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2004/com2004 ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Information management systems-->Data storage
Contaminated land-->Information management systems-->Geographical information systems
Contaminated land-->stats, registers, inventories etc
Soil-->Soil Overview
Short description: The Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) is intended to provide a common Europe-wide framework to eliminate a number of these chronic inefficiencies in the sector of spatial information. This infrastructure will provide the context within which spatial information can be analysed, overlaid, and integrated to support public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation, in particular in relation to sustainable development. When such a context is lacking, parts of it are created over and over again for every application where spatial data is needed. Establishing such a common Europe-wide framework will require legislation at European level. The overall objective of the INSPIRE legislation will be to make harmonised and highquality spatial (geographic) information readily available across public sector bodies in the European Union at local, regional, national and European level in order to support policies with a strong territorial dimension. INSPIRE will begin with information needed for environmental policy, but will be defined in an open way so that it can be extended in the future to agricultural, transport and other sectoral requirements. It also has the objective of facilitating access by citizens and business to spatial information anywhere across the European Union. 
Link to Organisation(s): EC European Commission
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 30/05/2007

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