INSPIRE Legislation

Adoption of INSPIRE

The Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) was published in the official Journal on the 25th April 2007. The INSPIRE Directive entered into force on the 15th May 2007

Implementing Rules

To ensure that the spatial data infrastructures of the Member States are compatible and usable in a Community and transboundary context, the Directive requires that common Implementing Rules (IR) are adopted in a number of specific areas (Metadata, Data Specifications, Network Services, Data and Service Sharing and Monitoring and Reporting). These IRs are adopted as Commission Regulations/Decisions. The Commission is assisted in the process of adopting such rules by a regulatory committee composed by representatives of the Member States and chaired by a representative of the Commission (this is known as the Comitology procedure).

Interoperability of spatial data sets and services
Network Services
Data and Service Sharing
Monitoring and Reporting


Information on the status of transposition of the INSPIRE Directive in the Member States can be found on the EUR-Lex site

The fact that there is a reference to national execution measures does not necessarily mean that these measures are either comprehensive or in conformity.