Tell Europe what you think of INSPIRE

The European Commission is asking questions about INSPIRE and wants your answers…

Do you think the benefits of INSPIRE will be greater than the costs?
Has INSPIRE improved access to the information needed for environmental policies and decisions?
What are the 3 biggest challenges you’ve encountered on INSPIRE?
Can you describe 3 changes which you consider necessary to achieve the INSPIRE objectives?

The European Commission is currently running a public consultation to seek views on INSPIRE.  All views are being asked for – data publishers, data providers, data users, developers and policy makers.  The aim of the consultation is to help assess whether the actions already underway to establish INSPIRE are on track.

The results of the consultation will be used with other evidence (such as the Member State reports http://data.gov.uk/library/uk-inspire-member-state-report-2013) as the basis of an interim review of INSPIRE. The review will assess INSPIRE’s relevance, consistency, economy, efficiency, effectiveness, added value and sustainability.  The EC INSPIRE team will report back to the Commission on these matters and could suggest potential changes to make the Directive more effective or reduce the burden it places on Member States.

The consultation takes the form of a short survey that can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/inspire_en.htm  It closes on 24 February 2014.

Defra encourages anyone who has published data under INSPIRE, developed INSPIRE solutions or used INSPIRE data services to complete the survey to make sure as many voices and views from the UK are taken into account by the consultation.

The results of the consultation and wider review are expected to be reported in September 2014.