At the same time, the INSPIRE Works Programme for the development of the Implementing Rules required by the Directive has been published on the INSPIRE site.
INSPIRE represents a major milestone for the use of Geographical Information in Europe as a contribution to environmental policy and sustainable development. Already the Commission services concerned with the Directive (DGs Environment, Eurostat and Joint Research Centre) are elaborating a road map and setting up structures that will support the decision making process. Member states have been asked to designate their delegates to the INSPIRE Committee and also their contact point as required under Article 19(2) of the Directive. A first meeting to establish the Committee is being prepared and will take place in Brussels at the end of June.
INSPIRE will have to be in place in Member States by 15 May 2009.
For more information: http://inspire.jrc.it/home.html