INSPIRE provides an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe for EU environmental policy but, as a multi-purpose infrastructure, INSPIRE has much to offer other domains as well. There are many EU policy priorities and actions where a coordinated approach in the use of location information is essential and many key services where “location-enabled” e-government can deliver benefits for citizens and businesses. The European Union Location Framework (EULF) is doing the ground work to progress these opportunities. This workshop will enable you to learn about what is being done and tell us what you think.

The EULF is a framework of recommendations, guidance and coordinated actions to improve the way location information is used in all public services across Europe, targeting benefits for businesses, citizens and government in key areas of EU activity, such as Transport and Energy policy, and the Digital Single Market. An initial EULF project, led by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, forms part of the Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations (ISA) Programme[1], run by DG Informatics (DIGIT).

The EULF project[2] is developing and evaluating the 'EULF concept' and refining it through a series of pilots and use cases. The project has carried out a ‘state-of-play’ survey on location-enabling e-government and used this in preparing an EULF Strategic Vision, with focus areas on 'policy and strategy alignment', 'e‑government integration', 'standardisation and interoperability', 'return on investment' and 'effective governance and partnerships'. An initial EULF Blueprint ‘package’ has been developed, with recommendations and actions in the different focus areas and detailed guidance on ‘Public Procurement of Geospatial Technologies’ and ‘Architecture and Standards for SDI and e‑Government’.

The project is using different pilot studies to help validate and enhance the framework. Studies are underway regarding the exchange of road data between public authorities and map providers, supporting the implementation of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive, data integration to support the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Covenant of Mayors sustainability initiative, and e‑reporting requirements for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

This workshop will summarise the main elements of the EULF Vision and Blueprint, show how the different pilot studies are contributing to the evolution of the framework and delivering real benefits, and explain the role of the EULF in supporting the Commission’s Digital Single Market goals. The messages will be relevant to both European and international audiences.

The workshop will give participants the opportunity to question and validate the recommendations in the framework and to provide inputs that will help shape future priorities and actions for the EULF. Participants will be asked to explore the possibilities for applying the EULF in their countries or in particular domains and to consider how they may benefit from the pilots or contribute to the EULF from their experiences and help others. Possibilities for further use cases and pilot studies will also be assessed. There will be a specific focus on ideas to support growth through the development of the Digital Single Market.

Learning objectives include:

  • Showing how INSPIRE can be used in delivering effective e-government across sectors and borders
  • Showing where 'location' fits in wider EU thinking on e-government interoperability
  • Understanding the state of play in MS in location enabling their e‑government services, together with some of the good practices
  • Understanding the current status of the recommendations and guidelines within the EULF
  • Participating in shaping the approach and toolkit for future location-enabled policies and services
  • Identifying actions to remove barriers and promote innovation and growth for the private sector
  • Exchanging ideas on the pilot lessons and between developers generally building INSPIRE applications in all sectors

[1] Information about ISA is available at and at   

[2] Information about the EULF, including links to publications and key events, can be found at


Expected Participants:

Those interested in building on the existing INSPIRE investment to create services and applications across all government sectors.

Those interested in developing better links with e-government and ICT colleagues across Europe

Those looking to learn from others and exchange best practice in location-enabling e-government

Those with valuable experiences and lessons in location-enabling e-government they can share with others

Those seeking to apply innovation in the use of location information in the services offered to citizens and businesses

Those with an interest in promoting effective links between government and business in the use of location information

Those interested in contributing to and helping shape the future direction of the EULF

Those INSPIRE application developers and practitioners within other sectors and countries who might contribute to the work of the EULF through use cases, methodology or technical guidance

State: Open


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5 mins

Workshop – Welcome and Introduction

10 mins

Overview of EULF - towards a framework for location-enabled government

  • What is the EULF and why is it needed?
  • EULF recommendations and guidance
  • EULF actions – the role of the pilots  

10 mins

EULF and the Digital Single Market

  • The goals of the Digital Single Market – what businesses and consumers want
  • The role of the EULF in supporting Digital Single Market goals - now and in the future

15 mins

Overview of each of the EULF Pilots and of their findings so far:

  1. Transportation Pilot
  2. Marine Pilot
  3. Energy Pilot – Feasibility Study

40 mins

Facilitated group discussions

Participants will be divided into two groups. There will be 30 minutes facilitated discussion followed by 2 x 5 minutes feedback.

Group 1: General Framework

What are the biggest challenges in your country in location enabling e-government and how should they be addressed?

What role do you see for the EULF? How can the EULF Blueprint be made as useful as possible? What other actions should the EULF take?

Are there any specific initiatives in your country that the EULF may reference as a best practice or may help in moving forward?

How should government work with businesses to facilitate ‘location-enabled’ growth? What can the EULF project do to support this activity? How can we measure the benefits?

Group 2: Use Cases

How do you see the pilots being used within your country? Which aspects are most relevant? What are the challenges?

What lessons might be valuable for other sectors and communities? Which other priorities application areas might be tackled in a similar way?

Which existing experience within your country might be a relevant and valuable use case to be applied more widely through contributing to the EULF?

What does the Digital Single Market mean to you? Are there particular sectors where the EULF should focus to support the goals of the Digital Single market? What can the EULF do in these sectors?

Do you have any examples of what has worked in your country to establish effective public private partnerships? What lessons can be applied more widely?

10 mins

Summary and wrap-up

Desired outcomes: Possible use cases to contribute to EULF, priority applications in other sectors, addition countries to participate in the pilots, feedback for EULF going forward.


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