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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee coordinates, supervises and implements all logistical and programmatic aspects of the conference.

The Organising Committee is composed of representatives of the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, the German Federal Ministry of Interior and the European Commission, EC Directorate-General for the Environment, DG ENV. 

The Organising Committee is supported for specific tasks by representatives from the following institutions and agencies: 

-          Joint Research Centre, JRC of the European Commission

-          European Environment Agency, EEA

-          German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

-          Steering Committee of GDI-DE (Spatial Data Infrastructure Germany)

-          Government of Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany

-          Regional Council of Grand-Est, France

-          Eurometropole of Strasbourg, France

The French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs

The French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs and its executive agencies cover all the environmental aspects, including climate change, risk awareness, transportation, sustainable development, buildings and most of the geographical ones through the French "Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière".  The Ministry is in charge of the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive through the national Contact Point and the national coordination structure, the National Council for Geographic Information (CNIG), both managed  by the Department of the Commissioner-General for Sustainable Development. In 2016, the Commissioner-General for Sustainable Development became the Ministry Chief Data Officer.

The German Ministry of the Interior

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior and its executive agencies cover a broad range of tasks and activities, extending from civil protection, integration and sport funding to security. Its broad range of tasks is reflected in its highly differentiated structure. It oversees a variety of agencies. Regarding the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive, the Ministry is responsible for monitoring all respective activities of the Federal Administration. Furthermore, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior is in charge of coordinating activities of the Federal Government in the field of geodesy and geoinformation by chairing an Inter-Ministerial Committee for Geoinformation (IMAGI). It also represents the Federal Administration inside the Steering Committee of the so-called Geodateninfrastruktur Deutschland (GDI-DE) which is the national Contact Point of INSPIRE.

 DG Environment European Commission

DG Environment of the  European Commission is the formal partner to the French and German Ministries. The Commission's contribution to the conference is assured through the INSPIRE Coordination Team (CT)  which consists of staff of the European Commission from DG Environment, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and staff of the European Environmental Agency (EEA). Its role is to coordinate the implementation and further evolution of INSPIRE and to coordinate with other EU policies. With respect to the conference, the CT engages with its own and other EC services and EU agencies.  The CT promotes their participation and seeks their support to raise awareness on the conference of other internal and external policy stakeholders with an interest in spatial information and infrastructures. In addition, the INSPIRE CT informs, consults and coordinates contributions from the INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Group (MIG), consisting of representatives of the INSPIRE national contact points. The MIG coordinates the joint activities between the European Commission (DG Environment and the JRC), the EEA and the EU Member States to support the maintenance and implementation of the INSPIRE Directive, including the important task of stakeholder consultation and communication through i.a the annual INSPIRE conferences.

Organising Committee - Contacts

Mr. Hugo De Groof

Ms. Ani Handziska

Mr. Marc Leobet

European Commission
DG Environment
Unit E.4 – Compliance and Better Regulation

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany

Ministry of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, France

BU-9 2/094
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1160 Brussels (Auderghem)

Alt-Moabit 140, 10557 Berlin, Germany

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