Representation

EuroGeographics is the representative body and membership association of the Mapping, Cadastre, and Land Registry Authorities of Europe.

As the representative body of 63 its members, EuroGeographics is, in large part, a technical expert body whose purpose is to develop the European Spatial Data Infrastructure.

In addition to these technical activities, we participate in European and international policy and legislative programmes. Our aim is to provide positive contributions to those areas of policy development where we, and our members, have a track record, significant expertise and a legitimate interest.

We are registered on the EU Transparency Register  and bound by its code of conduct. 

Our representation strategy - based upon the principle of constructive participation - is key to this. It enables us to continue to demonstrate and grow our relevance and effectiveness at a European level whilst also helping members stay connected with, and positively contribute to, policy developments.

Our current main policy areas of interest:

  • The Digital Single Market (DSM)

Our members have an interest in Digital Single Market, pillar I of Digital Agenda, in particular the opening up of public data for reuse hence support the establishment of connected digital single market. Our goal is to realise a sustainable public sector information framework that accommodates all our members ‘contributions and maximises benefits for European society and, if necessary, to actively participate in the related processes deliberated to facilitate, simplify and remove obstacle for the completion of DSM.

  • The European Spatial Data Infrastructure

Within this policy area, our members are delivering the INSPIRE Directive and, as part of a consortium of private and public sector partners, developing the definitive European Location Framework. This requires successful working with all three EU Institutions if Europe is to gain maximum benefit from its investments.    

  • European Location Framework (ELF)

Our members have an interest in a further development of policy area supporting European Location Framework, a technical infrastructure which brings together authoritative, interoperable geospatial reference data from different countries all over Europe via single point of access. And, because everything happens somewhere we shall lead the way to the better understanding of ELF policy principles within stakeholders’ community and EU institutions.

  • European Earth Observation Programme

EuroGeographics supports the Copernicus Programme. We believe its development should be compatible with national spatial data infrastructures, the INSPIRE Directive, and the evolving European Location Framework whilst, as a general rule, fully utilizing member states’ existing reference data to avoid duplication and wasted resources. 

  • Global initiatives

Geoinformation and its related issues do not end at borders! Our key international interest is with the United Nations Initiative on Global Geo-Spatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) where we are working to ensure alignment with European frameworks and avoidance of any costly duplication.

  • Cadastral issues related to policy   

By tracking EU initiatives, legal and non-legal developments in the  respective and adjoining areas we want to support our members in identifying the future role of cadastre, presenting its capacities and its indispensability in the wide range of community policies. The further priorities are e-justice portal; observation of taxation trend and consideration of having a key role in property validation; finding the way in becoming recognised in the world of Big Data since we are a big part of e-government.