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Profile of registrant

EuroGeoSurveys - The Geological Surveys of Europe

Identification number in the register: 01224764261-72
Registration date: 27/09/10 11:00:34

The information on this organisation was last modified on 30/09/13 12:08:38
The date of the last annual update was 30/09/13 12:08:38

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: EuroGeoSurveys - The Geological Surveys of Europe
Acronym: EGS
Legal status: AISBL
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Luca Demicheli
Position: Secretary General

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Woody Hunter
Position: External Relations Officer

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 36-38 Rue Joseph II 
Bruxelles 1000
Telephone number: (+32) 028887550
Fax number: (+32) 025035025
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: EGS is the organisation of the Geological Surveys of Europe, governed by Belgian law in accordance with the title III of the Law of 27 June 1921 on non-profit making organisations, non-profit making international organisations and foundations. 32 national geological surveys are currently members of EGS. EGS promotes the contribution of geosciences to European Union affairs and
action programmes to publish, or see its Members publishing, expert, neutral, balanced and practical pan-European technical advice and information for the European Union Institutions. It also provides a permanent network between the Geological Surveys of Europe and a common, but
not unique, gateway to each of the Members and their national networks to jointly address European issues of common interest in the field of geosciences. According to its Statutes, EGS shall pursue activities that lie
exclusively in the public interest or in the interest of public administration that will benefit from the combined and coordinated expertise of its members and in the direct interest of the European Union and/or of the European Free Trade Association. EGS areas of expertise include:
. the use and the management of on- and off-shore natural resources related to the subsurface of the Earth, (minerals and water, soils, underground space, land and energy, including the renewable geothermal energy);
. the identification of natural hazards of geological origin, their monitoring and the mitigation of their impacts (deficit or excess of trace elements in soils and waters, earthquakes natural emissions of hazardous
gases, landslides and rock falls, land heave and subsidence, shrinking and swelling clays);
. environmental management, waste management and disposal, land-use planning;
. sustainable urban development and safe construction;
. e-government and the access to geo-scientific metadata and data;
. the development of interoperable and harmonised geo-scientific data at the European scale.

After 40 years of intense activity EGS, which saw its origins as a network of national geological surveys of Europe, is an organisation which today represents 40 national and regional institutions in 32 countries. These
national agencies combined have a total yearly budget of more than one billion euro and a workforce of over 20,000.
EGS claims several success stories, among others its ability to have become a reference point for the European Union in such topics as: natural resources (water, soils, minerals), geodata, land management and environmental protection and natural risks.
The Brussels based organisation is organised into Expert Groups integrating all information, knowledge and expertise deriving from all participating countries in fields such as geochemistry, spatial data / INSPIRE, geological hazards, water, Earth observation, energy, carbon capture and storage, marine geology, mineral resources and soils.
It is in a position to provide the European Commission with answers to the ever-growing specific requests in the public interest. Specifically, the European Commission acknowledges that EGS and its Members have significant
roles to play in the definition of some of the most important and recent legislative initiatives and provisions, such as:
. the "INSPIRE Directive",
. the "Raw Materials Initiative",
. the Directive on the geological storage of CO2
. the EC's "Marine Observation and Data Experts Group",
. the proposed Directive on the "promotion of the use of energy from renewable resources",
. the "Water Framework Directive"
. The "Mining Waste Directive"
. The European Technology Platform on Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes
. the "Proposed Soils Protection Directive".
In addition, EGS has built relations with industrial and other organisations operating in the Earth Science sector.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 6
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

EGS promotes the contribution of geosciences to European Union affairs and action programmes to publish, or see its Members publishing, expert, neutral, balanced and practical pan-European technical advice and information for the European Union Institutions.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Food Safety
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Information Society
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Transport


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 33
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Geological Survey of Austria (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Belgium (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Cyprus (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Estonia (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Germany (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Ireland (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Lituania (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of The Netherlands (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Romania (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Spain (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Czech Republic (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Finland (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Greece (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Italy (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Luxembourg (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Poland (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Slovakia (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Sweden (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Bulgaria (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of France (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Hungary (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Portugal (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Slovenia (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of United Kingdom (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Croatia (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Malta (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Iceland (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Norwat (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Switzerland (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Albania (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Ukraine (0 members)
  • Geological Survey of Russia (0 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Financial data

Financial year: 12/2010 - 12/2011
Total budget: 450,000
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 450,000
- donations:
- contributions from members: 450,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 400000  € - 450000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

The total staff of the 33 EGS member organisations exceeds 22,000. The overall budget is over 1 billion euro.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.

The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code:
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