INSPIRE Knowledge Base

A quick overview for implementers


The INSPIRE directive came into force on 15 May 2007 and will be implemented in various stages, with full implementation required by 2019.

Details of the Directive and the policy background leading to its adoption can be found in the background section.

Who do I talk to in my country?

Each member state is obliged to ensure that appropriate structures and mechanisms are designated for coordinating, across the different levels of government, the contributions of all those with an interest in their infrastructures for spatial information.

The INSPIRE in your country section provides information for the individual countries.

What do we have to do to implement INSPIRE?

To ensure that the spatial data infrastructures of the Member States are compatible and usable in a Community and transboundary context, the INSPIRE Directive requires that common Implementing Rules (IR) are adopted in a number of specific areas

Which data?

One of the major goals of INSPIRE is to create harmonised spatial data sets that can be used seamlessly in cross-border applications. In order to reach this goal it is necessary to agree on common definitions for the 34 themes covered by INSPIRE.

What are the deadlines?

The INSPIRE Roadmap sets out the deadlines for INSPIRE implementation.

Are there any step by step guides for implementers?

INSPIRE in Practice  collects implementation examples from implementers.  The examples can be either full or partial descriptions of implementations that illustrate step by step the procedure to follow in order to generate INSPIRE resources.

Tools and resources

The tools and resources repository provides access to resources developed by the INSPIRE EC/EEA team.