The Directive establishing and Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE Directive) enacted in 2007 (2007/2/EC) established an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe to support Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment. It is based on the infrastructure operated by the Member States of the EU and it addresses 34 spatial data themes needed for environmental applications, with key components specified through technical 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 Decisions or Regulations.


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