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The INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/EC) regarding the establishment of an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community was adopted in March 2007 in order to establish general rules for building tge European infrastructure for spatial information in the purposes of Community environmental policies and policies or activities that may have an impact on the environment. The objective of INSPIRE is to establish and develop an European spatial data infrastructure so that administrative units and citizens will have improved access to this information.

Spatial data infrastructure is a summation of technology, policy decisions, standards and human resources necessary to promote the public and private institutions and general public access to spatial data.
INSPIRE will be based on National Space Information Infrastructures created by each Member State and which must be compatible with the common European practice. 

Romania contributes to the achievement of Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Union - INSPIRE, including for the achievement of Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment. 

The working Group for preparing the participation of the Ministry of Education to the development of the National Spatial Information Infrastructure in Romania and its representation in the INIS Council has the Presidency provided by the Ministry of Education and Vicepresidency provided by the Romanian Space Agency, which will provide the Secretariat Group also.

The objectives of the Working Group for MEN participation in the development of INIS are:

  • to identify the institutions subordinated and / or coordinated by MEN, which are operating relevant activities for INIS;
  • to identify a set of coordination measures to ensure the effective participation in the development of INIS and in the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive;
  • to identify and propose for approval to the MEN management the Annual Work Plan, which will also include resources and, where appropriate, the responsibilities of the organizations involved;
  • to monitor the achievement of the Annual Work Plan;
  • to organize groups of technical experts to solve specific problems;
  • to organize information sessions on the INIS development stage, in conjunction with the European Spatial Information Infrastructure