Plenary

Opening Plenary

INSPIRE working together across borders for environment and digital society.

Thematic Plenary I: Regions at work: benefits of INSPIRE implementation for territorial management, environment and eGovernment. 

The INSPIRE conferences are the best place to share experiences and good practices. Usually, plenaries are dedicated to national or European feedbacks. This plenary will focus on the regional level instead, which is also responsible for the INSPIRE implementation and therefore the source for a different but important perspective. For instance, regions are dealing with specific challenges like limited resources which require creative solutions.
Regions are likewise the level of direct interface between citizens and administration and they are a level for the implementation of e-Government projects, which require interaction across hierarchies as well.

Thematic Plenary II: INSPIRE a Digital Europe:  Thinking out of the box… and looking to the future

After a decade of INSPIRE implementation, a large number of spatial data and services are now being made available by numerous public administrations at all levels of administrations across Europe. At the same time, the data collected by the private sector – by sensors in the Internet of Things and the data economy at large – and by citizens is growing exponentially. As part of the follow-up of the mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy the Commission is currently exploring how public sector bodies could significantly improve their decision making if they were able to use commercially-held information, notably for the purpose of public health policy, spatial and urban planning, natural and technological risk management, managing energy supply grids or protecting the environment. At the same time, information collected by citizens is increasingly recognised (e.g. in the Fitness Check on environmental monitoring and reporting) as an important source of information to complement official monitoring and reporting information, in particular in the environmental domain. The plenary will discuss how data infrastructures like INSPIRE need to evolve to ensure the efficient sharing of information between the private and public sector and citizens.

Closing Plenary

The closing plenary session of the conference is in the first place the moment where we take stock of the lessons learned during the conference.
Rapporteurs from the Conference Organising Committee – Germany, France, the European Commission and also the European Environment Agency will present and discuss the findings and lesson learned from workshops, plenaries, thematic presentations and posters.
This will offer the participants a useful "take-away" package, a source of future 'INSPIREation' .
Finally, it is also the moment where once again we have to say goodbye, however not without saying until the next time. No INSPIRE conference is complete without honoring and thanking the current organizers for their hospitality and the announcement and presentation of the next year's conference hosts and venue.