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Reviewing the EU Member States’ Governance of INSPIRE

Joep Crompvoets, Ian Masser, Glenn Vancauwenberghe and Eva Pauknerová

(Submission #332)


This paper reviews the ongoing governance efforts of National Member States of the European Union to successfully implement INSPIRE. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to establish a measure of governance between the users and providers of the information so that information and knowledge can be combined. The effective implementation of infrastructures for spatial information before 2021 requires governance by all those with an interest in the establishment of such infrastructures, whether as contributors or users. By governance we mean the structures, policies, actors and institutions by which INSPIRE is managed through decisions on accessing, sharing, exchanging and using the relevant available spatial information. Appropriate governance instruments which extend to the various levels of government and take account of the distribution of powers and responsibilities within the Member States should therefore be established.

In this context, Member States must ensure that appropriate instruments and policy mechanisms are designated for governance, across the different levels of government, the contributions of all those actors and institutions with an interest in their infrastructures for spatial information. These governance instruments and policies will coordinate the contributions of, inter alia, users, producers, added-value service providers and coordinating bodies, concerning the identification of relevant data sets, user needs, the provision of information on existing practices and the provision of feedback on the implementation of this Directive.\

The INSPIRE Directive defines several infrastructure elements being in focus of regular monitoring and evaluation. Three of them relate to technical parts of the infrastructure and their interoperability: metadata, data sets and web services. The co-ordination framework, monitoring and reporting measures, and conditions for data sharing relate to the broader organizational aspects. Each of these elements is an object and also a subject as regards the governance of INSPIRE. This paper maps and analyses these elements from two perspectives: (i) how much governance is needed for a successful implementation of INSPIRE; (ii) how do they contribute to a successful implementation of INSPIRE.

This paper systematically reviews the governance of INSPIRE at Member State level based on the qualitative country reports (2013 and 2016), and the experiences of the INSPIRE Monitoring and Implementation groups and the Thematic Clusters. The review includes the different types of instruments used and how these instruments are effectively used. The review outcomes could contribute to enhance the understanding of governing INSPIRE in the different EU member states.


Topic Area:  Integrating eGovernment with INSPIRE
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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Comments:   Governance, Governance instruments, INSPIRE

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