The Extraordinary General Assembly of EuroGeographics Association

The Extraordinary General Assembly of EuroGeographics Association was held in Leuven, Kingdom of Belgium, on 10th and 11th of May 2016.

The host of this year’s Extraordinary Assembly was Irish Institute in Leuven, which is part of the old Irish College and is an international center for education, training and research in European and international affairs.

Extraordinary General Assembly was introduced to provide:

  • control of business associations and acceptance of bills by members;

  • opportunity for members to learn more about networks, knowledge sharing and development of products and services;

  • the possibility for organizations that wish to become new members of the association;

  • forum to discuss the needs of the institutions members of the association;

  • briefing for advisers on major issues of business, which will be presented during the General Assembly and others.

At the Extraordinary General Assembly over 60 delegates from 32 member countries of EuroGeographics was attended. The Assembly was opened by the President of EuroGeographics Ms Ingrid Vanden Berge and the Secretary-General and Executive Director of EuroGeographics Mr Mick Corey.

Mr Dan Paull, CEO of the PSMA Australia gave a keynote presentation on structure and components for delivering pan-continental geospatial datasets in Australia and „OpenData“ concept, while Mr Martin Salzmann, President of EuroSDR, gave a short presentation on progress in fruitful cooperation between EuroSDR-a and EuroGeographics.

During the event many crucial topics have been presented and discussed including progress and future of the European Location Framework.The status of the development of ELF platform was presented, the results achieved, the strategy and vision of the future operation and development of the platform, data collection, service and others. Also was shown the technical infrastructure platform and work on product development and business strategy. At the end of the session were organized round tables, which were aimed at representatives of all institutions that participate in defining a strategy for the development of ELF platforms.

On the second day of session EuroGeographics working groups and their activities during 2015 and 2016 as well as future plans were presented. Also was presented on the development of products and EuroGeographics cooperation with other relevant institutions.

Extraordinary General Assembly was also used to promote cooperation between the Republic Geodetic Authority and similar institutions from Europe. On the Assembly, Danish Agency for geodata, was accepted as a full member of the association.