INSPIRE - Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community

On the 14th of March 2007, Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) was adopted with the aim to improve the availability and interoperability of spatial information in all Member States.

The problems regarding the availability, quality, organisation, accessibility and sharing of spatial information are common to a large number of policy and information themes and are experienced across the various levels of public authority. Solving these problems requires measures that address exchange, sharing, access and use of interoperable spatial data and spatial data services across the various levels of public authority and across different sectors. The adopted directive establishes the infrastructure for spatial information and the framework for its management and specifies the spatial data themes for which the directive is applicable.