Main page for the MIWP action 2016.5 "Priority list of datasets for e-Reporting"


Action 2016.5

The scope of this action under "Working area 2: End user applications" of the Maintenance and Implementation Work Programme 2017-2020 is to further develop a list of datasets related to environmental reporting and support Member States with making these datasets accessible through the European Spatial Data Infrastructure in a stepwise manner. The list also reflects the data gaps identified during the evaluation of the state-of-implementation and the fitness of the Directive for its intended purpose (a so-called REFIT evaluation). In the scope is also a provision of help (e.g. update of the SW tool - Find your scope /HALE) and other possible support to transform the priority datasets according to the INSPIRE requirements and proposal for streamlining of selected/prioritized/agreed environmental reporting obligations based on the detailed spatial object mapping.

The realisation of the proposal for possible streamlining of reporting obligations and if applicable INSPIRE IRs/TGs is out of scope since this role is attributed to the Committee or the co-legislator if reporting obligations have to be amended in EU law. However, as a result of this work, suggestions can be made which will be transmitted to the relevant units in the Commission dealing with these issues.

The main objectives for this action are to:

  • communicate ENV information priorities and expectations to Member States by clearly identifying the spatial data sets relevant for environmental reporting;
  • provide guidance on consistent mapping of reporting obligations and supporting data to INSPIRE spatial objects for the development of pan-European data sets;
  • identify reporting redundancies and explore opportunities for streamlining;
  • improve the timeliness and the quality of reported data.

The list is a living inventory of environmental information needs and as such provides an instrument to:

  • incrementally build comparable INSPIRE maturity across MS for all INSPIRE components (metadata, services, interoperability, data sharing) based on a common setting;
  • plan tangible and usable INSPIRE deliverables for eReporting;
  • monitor progress on INSPIRE implementation in general and for the reporting use case in specific;
  • promote the reuse of the INSPIRE infrastructure for reporting purposes.


The 5th meeting of the MIG in December 2016 has endorsed a mandate for this action further detailing the scope, tasks, expected outcomes and timeline. A subgroup will be set up under the MIG to execute the tasks and the further maintenance of the list in collaboration with experts from the environmental thematic and reporting communities.


Rolling priority list of data sets (latest version) 

The current version of the priority list of data sets, version 2.0 (04/04/2018), is to be considered the reference version of the list for implementation by Member States. The list has been scrutinized and further detailed by the subgroup (Member States, Commission and EEA) and is stable. 

The future of eReporting and the link to INSPIRE (Concept)

At their meeting on 3 June 2016, the Directors of DG ENV (Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea) and EEA (Hans Bruyninckx) agreed that we are at a crucial moment in the implementation process for the INSPIRE Directive and that clarity on the strategic direction regarding the EU level use of INSPIRE in relation to reporting under environment policies, There was a commitment to develop such a strategic direction jointly. Hence, it was agreed to develop a strategic concept document on "The future of eReporting and the link to INSPIRE". This conceptual note would aim at resolving the issues discussed over the past and today and creating a common understanding and ambition level and a joint DG ENV/EEA long term perspective ("landing zone") of where we intend to go together. It will then become the basis to translate this into a realistic multiannual planning with clear priority setting and linked to the environment policy and reporting agenda as it foreseeable for the coming years.

This document responds to this request and represents the common view of DG ENV and the EEA at the point of drafting. A wide consultation with Member State experts working with DG ENV (e.g. in the context of INSPIRE or under the various reporting groups) and with the EEA (e.g. in the context of EIONET) took place between October 2016 and January 2017. Several comments were received and led to a revision of this document.

This revised version is still considered a living document as it will need to be developed and refined further as implementation of this concept unfolds. However, it is the intention of DG ENV and the EEA that this version will now be applied in selected areas. This would allow to demonstrate in more detail what the application of this concept means in practice. An initial implementation will be done as a follow up to the Reporting Fitness Check. Some discussions in thematic areas are already ongoing (e.g. water, industrial emissions, …). The work on this will be presented and discussed in the sub-group established under the INSPIRE MIWP (action 2016.5), the respective EIONET group(s) and the thematic groups that are concerned. In late 2017/early 2018, DG ENV and the EEA will review this concept note in the light of developments, and revise it, if and as necessary.

Any comments on the document or question to this work can be sent to joachim.d' and


Reference documents

UPDATED Short eReporting priority dataset list v2.0

UPDATED MS-Excel eReporting priority dataset list v2.0

NEW Guidance priority dataset list v2.0

NEW FAQ priority dataset list v2.0

Mandate for action 2016.5

The future of eReporting and the link to INSPIRE (concept note, May 2017 revision)


Implementation guidance and support

More detailed information and guidance on the implementation of the priority list both from a technical and an information perspective.


Subgroup nominations

A request to the MIG for nominating experts for this subgroup was sent out on 20 March 2017. Following experts have been nominated (status 02/08/2017):

AT - Gabriele Vincze

BE - Jan Voet & Ouns Kissiyar (backup)

CZ - Jana Basistova (backups: Jitka Faugnerova, Lenka Rejentova)

DE - Dr. Dirk Hinterlang & Marco Hohmann

ES - Elisa Rivera & Emilio López & Rafael David

FI  - Riitta Teiniranta & Lena Hallin-Pihlatie (backup)

FR - Marc Leobet

IT - Maria Gabriella Simeone & Carlo Cipolloni

MT - Elaine Fenech & Julie Auerbach

NL - Wideke Boersma & Ine De Visser

NO - Lars Christensen

PT - Joaquim Pinto da Costa

SE - Hernán De-Angelis & Anders Rydén

SK - Renata Grofova & Mr. Martin Tuchyna

UK - Jason King

Meetings of the subgroup

The links contain information (agendas, meeting documents, minutes) on the meetings of the priority eReporting datasets subgroup.
  • Kick-off meeting, 2017-09-04 (face-to-face), INSPIRE Conference Workshop, Kehl (DE) 
  • 2nd meeting, 2017-11-23 (face-to-face), EEA, Copenhagen (DK)
  • 3rd meeting, 2018-2-20 (WebEX), EEA, Copenhagen (DK)
  • 4th meeting, 2018-9-17 (face-to-face), INSPIRE conference Workshop, Antwerp (BE)



Subgroup documents

[DOC8revES_5MIG]_Action Fiche_List of Priority Data Sets v21_clean.docx - Mandate for MIG MIWP action 2016.5 (159 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 23 Feb 2017 02:37 pm

INSPIRE List of priority data sets [DOC10].pdf - First draft proposal on the action at the 4th MIG (644 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 23 Feb 2017 02:42 pm

[PRES9]_2016-12-01-MIG_PRES - List of Priority Datasets v3.pdf - Presentation of the list at the 5th MIG meeting (524 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 23 Feb 2017 02:47 pm

Priority List of Data Sets v1.0.pdf - Rolling priority list of eReporting data sets v1.0 (676 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 20 Mar 2017 11:53 am

eRep and INSPIRE concept - rev - May 2017.pdf - eReporting and INSPIRE concept note - May 2017 revision (367 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 19 May 2017 10:20 am

Priority List of Data Sets v1.1.pdf - Priority list of data sets for environmental eReporting v1.1 (966 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 11 Jun 2017 11:34 am

Priority List of Data Sets v1.2.pdf - Priority list of data sets for environmental eReporting v1.2 (688 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 19 Jul 2017 04:59 pm

Working document_List of Prioritary Data Sets 19072017_v12.xlsm - Work document - Excel file with extended information on priority data sets version 1.2 (47.2 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 19 Jul 2017 05:00 pm

INSPRE _Geoportal_Thematic_views_RT-JRC.pptx - INSPIRE Geoportal JRC PPT (4.97 MB) Stefan Jensen, 05 Oct 2017 11:36 am

01_Towards_an_INSPIREd_e_reporting_plus_priority_datasets_in_Slovakia.ppt - National View NL (349 KB) Stefan Jensen, 05 Oct 2017 11:37 am

INSPIRE_EIONET_CDF_IT.pptx - National View IT (5.36 MB) Stefan Jensen, 05 Oct 2017 11:40 am

01_Towards_an_INSPIREd_e_reporting_plus_priority_datasets_in_Slovakia.ppt - National View SK (349 KB) Stefan Jensen, 05 Oct 2017 11:41 am

eReporting_PriorityDataList_extended_draft_2018-02-09_master.xlsx (128 KB) Stefan Jensen, 14 Feb 2018 04:54 pm

eReporting_PriorityDataList_extended_draft_V2.0.xlsx - Priority List of data sets v2.0 (97.4 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 23 Feb 2018 12:27 pm

Guidance to the priority dataset list version 2.docx - Guidance to the priority dataset list version 2 (46.9 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 23 Feb 2018 12:27 pm

Minutes 3rd MIG subgroup 2016.5 draft final.docx - Minutes 3rd MIG subgroup 2016.5 draft final (269 KB) Joeri Robbrecht, 23 Feb 2018 12:27 pm

Guidance_INSPIRE_ priority_data_set_list_version2.pdf - Guidance eReporting priority dataset list v2.0 (312 KB) Stefan Jensen, 25 Apr 2018 09:04 am

FAQ_INSPIRE_priority_data_set_list.pdf - FAQ eReporting priority dataset list v2.0 (441 KB) Stefan Jensen, 25 Apr 2018 09:05 am

eReporting_PriorityDataList_V2.0.pdf - eReporting_PriorityDataSetList_v2.0 (457 KB) Stefan Jensen, 16 May 2018 10:47 am

eReporting_PriorityDataList_V2.0.xlsx - eReporting_PriorityDataSetList_v2.0 (110 KB) Stefan Jensen, 16 May 2018 10:48 am