INSPIRE: Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe
Bulgaria adopts INSPIREd territorial management system
The JRC and the government of Bulgaria, represented by the State Agency for Information Technologies and Communications (SAITC), today announce the establishment of an organisational framework is support of a new territorial management system in Bulgaria. The application of the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) Directive will strengthen territorial management policies in Bulgaria and will make environmental information more accessible to citizens, stakeholders and decision-makers.
A workshop on the implementation of the Directive in Bulgaria is being held today in Sofia, organised jointly by SAITC, the Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration (ASDE) and the JRC.
The INSPIRE Directive's aim is to facilitate the production and exchange of information necessary for various EU policies in the domain of the environment.
The new system should lead to:
- easier access to geospatial data held by public authorities;
- faster response to natural disasters and emergencies;
- improved spatial planning and decision-making processes;
- modernised governmental services and opportunities for public/private partnerships
As the overall technical coordinator of the INSPIRE initiative, the JRC is responsible for the development of INSPIRE technical specifications and its geo-portal. The JRC promotes collaboration with both candidates for EU accession and new Member States on scientific and technical aspects of EU legislation and is thus supporting the Bulgarian government in its implementation of the INSPIRE Directive.