The European Commission will hold a conference on the implementation and future of the INSPIRE directive on 23 June in Maribor, Slovenia.

The INSPIRE (‘Infrastructure for spatial information in the European Community’) directive entered into force in May 2007. The focus of this year’s conference is on reviewing the progress of
the INSPIRE legislation and on the development of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) in general. Specifically, the conference will:
– view the current state of progress of the INSPIRE legislation;
– share knowledge on the progress of transposition of the INSPIRE directive in the member states;
– offer an opportunity to the INSPIRE Drafting Teams and Thematic Working Groups to report on the development of the INSPIRE Implementing Rules:
– provide further understanding of the implementation challenges, costs, and benefits of SDIs at national, regional, and local level;
– identify key issues and opportunities for European SDI projects;
– explore and define synergies with other initiatives such as Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), Shared Environmental Information System
(SEIS).

For further information, please visit:
http://www.ec-gis.org/Workshops/inspire_2008/