The first meeting of INSPIRE MIG-Policy

The first meeting of the Sub-group INSPIRE MIG-Policy was held on 15 September 2014 in Brussels.

Expert Group on INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation (INSPIRE MIG) was established on 8 April 2013. Members of the INSPIRE MIG are representatives of the National contact points. Besides Member States, representatives from EFTA countries and EU candidate countries can take part in the work of INSPIRE MIG. Republic Geodetic Authority participates in the work of INSPIRE MIG as an observer.

INSPIRE MIG consists of two Subgroups:

  1. Permanent sub-group on strategic and policy-related aspects: MIG-Policy

  2. Permanent sub-group on technical aspects: MIG-Т

The main role of MIG-Policy is to review and providing advice on the evolution of INSPIRE, as well as other related activities according to the endorsed work program. MIG-Т has a task to discuss and give proposals for development of the technical aspect of INSPIRE maintenance and implementation.

The first meeting of the Sub-group MIG-Policy was held on 15 September 2014 in Brussels in the organization of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The proposal of the work programme of the INSPIRE MIG expert group was prepared by MIG-T based on the feedbacks from the Member States. The rolling work program was discussed at the meeting. The work programme envisages realisation of the 21 actions for identified areas that are of importance for further implementation. During the meeting discussion was held about defining the principles and criteria for prioritisation of actions in accordance with the needs and available capacities.

Based on the discussion, the proposed priority actions of the work programme are: create and maintenance FAQ page; validation and conformity testing; registries and registers; extension of the technical specification for downloading Earth observation data; metadata; update of Annex I data specifications; thematic clusters; improvement of monitoring information; XML schema maintenance; pilots for INSPIRE-based applications.

In addition, initiatives for preparing of national reports, current and planned pilot projects were presented. The emphasis was put on the challenges that Member States are faced with in the implementation, such as “open data” approach for the data sharing and the complexity of the technical guidelines and specifications for harmonization of data and services.