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EU Inspire Directive

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the implementation of the EU INSPIRE Directive. (143486)

European Parliament Directive 2007/2/EC, establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE), came into force on 15 May 2007. Member states have two years to transpose it into national legislation.

A series of technical implementing rules will accompany the directive. These are currently being developed by several drafting teams under the auspices of the European Commission. They include Implementing Rules on the interoperability and, where practicable, harmonisation of spatial data sets.

The Implementing Rules will be subject to expert and public review. DEFRA and other Government organisations are participating in this process. In addition, as part of the process for developing the interoperability implementing rules, the Commission (with input from member states) will undertake analyses to ensure that the rules are feasible and proportionate in terms of their likely costs and benefits. They will be adopted between 2008 and 2012 and come into force between 2010 and 2019.

On 16 May 2007, the Commission published an INSPIRE Work Programme for development of the Implementing Rules during the transposition phase. This contained a roadmap for the development and implementation of the Implementation Rules.

The Implementing Rules will be adopted through the Comitology procedure. The first meeting of the INSPIRE Committee will be on 26 June 2007.