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Ukraine’s government sets up National Geospatial Data Infrastructure Council
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has set up the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure Council to implement a respective law that enters into force on January 1, 2021.
According to Ukrinform, a resolution to that effect was adopted at a government meeting on September 9.
“The National Geospatial Data Infrastructure Council is a very important body that will strategically work to improve citizens’ access to the necessary information on geospatial data. It is access to comprehensive information on natural resources: land, water, forests, minerals, protected areas, roads, cultural heritage sites, etc. Such access creates an additional control mechanism that will help monitor the decisions of natural resource managers. […] All these initiatives are part of a comprehensive government strategy to combat corruption in key areas of our life,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said, presenting the document.
According to the Law of Ukraine “On National Geospatial Data Infrastructure,” adopted in April 2020, the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure Council is a collegial advisory body under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and has a consultative function on the formation and implementation of state policy in the field of national geospatial data infrastructure.
The National Geospatial Data Infrastructure Council consists of representatives of public authorities, local government agencies, legal entities and specialists who have the authority and/or experience to work with geospatial data and metadata.
Regulations on the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure Council and its composition are approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.