21 November 2022

Maps for a data-driven Europe to be showcased at European Parliament

EuroGeographics and its members, the national providers of official geospatial information, will showcase next level mapping for modern-day data infrastructures at the European Parliament on 29 November.
The debate with MEPs and policy-makers, organised by Cristian Bușoi, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), will discuss the benefits of maps for a data-driven Europe. It will demonstrate how location is the link between information and action across national boundaries to enable a sustainable, safer, and prosperous European society.
Mr Bușoi says: “Every data producer in the world, especially public data providers, must ensure that their data is ready to underpin this decade of action.”
“This is an immense responsibility for EuroGeographics and its members in ensuring that the data meets the needs and requirements of European Union’s institutions and supports them in addressing the challenges they are facing.”

“The quality of the data is utterly important – authoritative data that comes from official sources is crucial for decision makers. I’m confident that EuroGeographics members will help build this data driven society, and we encourage them to enhance the existing data infrastructure and support the creation of pan-European datasets.”

Colin Bray, President of EuroGeographics, which represents the European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities, adds: “Knowing where to find and access accurate, high quality, reliable high-value data is essential for governments and decision-makers making critical decisions.”

“In this ever-connected world, our members have moved from database production to providing data infrastructures to play a vital role in joining-up information from different sources to help provide insight and answers to address the key issues we face as a global society. Whether tackling climate change, managing Covid recovery, or maintaining security during times of conflict, these challenges extend beyond national boundaries and those making difficult decisions that impact on us all need the most accurate and up to date information available.”

“We are delighted to showcase the Open Maps For Europe project which addresses the challenges of accessing trusted geospatial open data from multiple official sources.”

“By working together to deliver pan-European data, our members are demonstrating not only what can be achieved through Europe-wide cooperation, but also the benefits that result for the wider public good, specifically in support of policy decision-making at the European level.”

The debate between policymakers and official geographical data providers, takes place on 29 November in the European Parliament.  


EuroGeographics is an international not-for-profit organisation (AISBL/ IVZW under Belgian Law. BCE registration:  833 607 112) and the membership association for the European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities. It currently brings together members from 46 countries, covering the whole of geographical Europe.

Open Maps For Europe is coordinated by EuroGeographics, the voice of European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities, in partnership with the National Geographic Institute (NGI) Belgium. It is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.

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