Main page for the MIWP action 2016.1 INSPIRE fitness for purpose

Context

As part of the INSPIRE Report and REFIT evaluation, the Directive (but not the Implementing Rules or Guidelines) has been assessed as regards its "fitness for purpose" (the purpose of the Directive is set out in its Article 1). Member States and stakeholders have repeatedly expressed concerns regarding the (perceived) complexity of the INSPIRE data models and guidelines, in particular for Annex III, and the expected difficulty to have them implemented by the 2020 deadline. In the report to Council and European Parliament[1], the Commission is recommended to “review, and possibly revise, the INSPIRE rules, in particular on spatial data harmonisation, to take into account the implementing risks and complexities with a view to reducing them (simplification of requirements)”.

While many of the actions in the current MIWP are already aiming at simplifying INSPIRE implementation for stakeholders in the Member States (e.g. through improvement of and additional Technical Guidance, development of tools and best practices), no systematic screening of the requirements in the legal and technical framework and of the implementation practices and concrete difficulties in the Member States has taken place yet. Such a screening would allow collecting the practical experiences with the implementation, in particular the implementing rules and the guidelines since 2008. This general screening was carried out in the period from September to November 2016. This revised mandate now reflects the outcome and best way forward.

The mandate for MIWP action 2016.1 "INSPIRE fitness for purpose" was discussed, reviewed and adopted in consensus by the MIG in the 5th meeting of the MIG expert group. The scope of the action has been limited to review and (possibly) revise of the Implementing Rules on data specifications, limited to the part related to Annex III.

 


Action 2016.1

After systematically analyzing and reviewing INSPIRE requirements in the legal (implementing rules) and, if needed, technical (guidelines, etc) framework and of the implementation practices and concrete difficulties in the Member States, it was agreed that focus on further work should be limited to Annex III interoperability specifications. The aim is to identify and propose to the MIG possible measures for streamlining and simplification this particular aspect of the INSPIRE implementation.

The analysis should not be a theoretical exercise, but pragmatic and based on concrete implementation experience in the Member States. It is therefore important that feedback from all levels of the implementation, the policy makers and the actual implementers in public authorities will be collected. It should also aim at a differentiated view, investigating the situation for different themes and Member States. Suggestions for simplification already made by some Member States in the past or existing solutions for simplification developed into projects can be tabled as written input to the review.

The approach to the review and the preparation of proposed actions shall take into account the existing and relevant legal provisions of the INSPIRE Directive (e.g. Article 7.2 regarding feasibility and proportionality and Article 8.1 regarding the requirements for interoperability), the outcome of the Commission's REFIT evaluation and the Better Regulation Guidelines (COM(2015)111), which provide a methodological framework for assessing "fitness for purpose".

In the first phase of the action (Sept - Nov 2016) an initial screening analysis took place looking at a wide range of possible follow up actions. Based on this screening, a number of concrete actions are proposed for discussion at the MIG-P meeting.

The continuation of this activity (January to May 2017) will focus on a need to review and (possibly) revise the Implementing Rules on data specifications, limited to the part related to Annex III. The aim of the exercise is to put into practice the recommendations made by the Commission in its recent Report (see under “simplification of requirements”). It will look at the identification of possible structural issues in order to reduce burdens which emerge from recent implementation experience and identify specific elements for technical and scientific adaptation.

Proposals for further measures will be made to the Committee following a more in-depth analysis of the issues identified above. To do so, additional evidence needs to be collected as to the nature of the identified problems and the possible amendments that would solve these problems.

Reference documents

Mandate for action 2016.1

Fitness for purpose analysis - scoping paper

Subgroup nominations

Country

Surname

Name

AT

Vincze

Gabriele

BE

Buffet

Dominique

BE

Kissyar

Ouns

CZ

Polacek

Jiri

DE

Meinert

Markus

DK

Storgaard

Lars

ES

López Romero

Emilio

FI

Muhli

Panu

FR

Leobet

Marc

NL

de Visser

Ine

SE

O Rydén

Anders

UK

Dixon

John

Commission and EU services

ENV

D’Eugenio

Joachim

ENV

Nagy

Adam

ENV

Robbrecht

Joeri

JRC

Lutz

Michael

JRC

Cetl

Vlado

JRC

Tomas

Robert

JRC

Nunes de Lima

Vanda

EEA

Jensen

Stefan

EEA

Ansorge 

Christian

Meetings of the INSPIRE fitness for purpose reflection subgroup

  • kick-off meeting, 2016-09-30 (face-to-face), Barcelona
  • 2nd reflection group meeting, 2016-11-16 (face-to-face), Brussels
  • 3rd reflection group meeting, 2017-02-22 (face-to-face), Brussels
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