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Busy week in October for INSPIRE

From 14-16 October, the European Environment Agency hosted four events in Copenhagen facilitating the implementation of INSPIRE.

INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Group (MIG)

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First, the INSPIRE maintenance and implementation group, including nominated EU and EFTA Member State representatives, met for the first time to discuss a work plan for this Joint Research Centre led group. This clearly marks the start of the operational phase of INSPIRE. Read the detailed report of the meeting can be found here.

Monitoring and Reporting workshop

During the INSPIRE monitoring and reporting workshop, the EEA presented key findings from its analysis of INSPIRE implementation in the countries.This is a new reporting stream handled by the EEA as part of the INSPIRE EU coordination team. Proposals to improve the related performance indicators, as well as input to a report to the European Council and Parliament on INSPIRE implementation in 2014, were discussed. Also, a dedicated project together with voluntary member countries on improving the indicators was launched.

EEA National Focal Points and INSPIRE National Contact Points Meeting

The third event saw the first joint meeting between EEA National Focal Points (NFPs) and INSPIRE national contact points (NCPs), chaired by EEA director Hans Bruyninckx. The meeting set the scene for initial activities between the two networks, which, in many countries were not closely related. Joint ambitions and first experiences were presented by EU institutions and selected member countries alike.An action plan for common activities is now being drafted.

1st Meeting of ISA Working Group on Spatial Information and Services

For the final event, the EEA hosted a meeting of the Directorate General for informatics (DG DIGIT) financed ISA Working Group on Spatial Information and Services. This group is part of the interoperability solutions for European public administrations (ISA) program. The setup and funding of INSPIRE implementation in projects with member countries was discussed in this meeting. Overall this was a very intensive week, the outcomes of which included a set of practical results in the areas of governance, content and infrastructure to improve access to and interoperability of environmental data.  A detailed report on the meeting is available here.

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