More than half the current EuroGeographics members, Â¿national mapping agenciesÂ¿ are responsible for Cadastre in their respective countries. However, building the European Spatial Data Infrastructure requires more and more integration of all Â¿common reference dataÂ¿, therefore the 2nd GA decided last year in Frankfurt to consider opening EuroGeographics membership. New statutes were proposed at Istanbul, and adopted by a formal vote, that enable now Cadastre and Land Administrations to become member of EuroGeographics. The Centre of Registers of Lithuania was the first land administration organisation to be elected as an active member, while the Kosovo Cadastral Agency joined as an associate member. Another new active member was the Environment and Planning Authority of Malta, whereas our existing associate members from Czech Republic and from Greece upgraded to become active members.
Far from being a simple conference, the GA has developed a real working atmosphere, with delegates Â¿ generally the heads of participating organisations Â¿ split into small breakout groups, enabling interactive and lively debates on EuroGeographicsÂ¿ vision and strategy on technical and business interoperability.
The Management Board, which is responsible for implementing the strategy between two GAs, comprises two newly elected members: Knut Flaathen, Norway, and Richard Kirwan, Ireland, while the outgoing President, Joakim OllÂ¿ Sweden, is replaced by Dietmar GrÂ¿nreich of the Federal Office for Cartography and Geodesy, Germany.