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The EuroBoundaryMap project is the activity of National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCAs), members of EuroGeographics, producing and maintaining the EuroBoundaryMap product of Europe at the scale 1:100,000.

The product development and quality assurance is managed by the Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG), Frankfurt, Germany.

For more information on the EuroBoundaryMap product, please visit the EuroBoundaryMap product pages.

The EuroBoundaryMap project started as the SABE project by MEGRIN in 1992 and continued when EuroGeographics was founded (as a merger between CERCO and MEGRIN).

Up to now twelve versions - referring to 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 - were launched, the first five starting with the acronym SABE. For purpose of harmonisation between EuroGeographics products the other are called EBM v1.0 to EBM v7.0. The database has been compiled from official source data provided by Europe's NMCAs with the best available semantic quality and positional accuracy. The versions SABE91, SABE95 and SABE2001 represented the status of the national administrative units according to the census date in the involved countries while also a linkage to the statistical LAU and NUTS codes used by EUROSTAT was enabled and maintained for all further versions. According to requirements of the contract signed by Eurostat and EuroGeographics in 2005 for 4 years (prolonged 1 year), BKG has also established a land-water-separation of European administrative units in the EuroBoundaryMap product. A new contract between Eurostat and EuroGeographics for the provision of yearly updated EuroBoundaryMap has been signed for the period 2011-2014.

DatasetEBM v5.0 (geographical extent)
The current version of EuroBoundaryMap contains all administrative units from country down to the commune level of all EU members and 12 other European countries. The term "seamless" means that there are no gaps or overlaps between polygons initially derived from different sources. So contributions derived from national source data, transformed into a national database consistent with the EuroBoundaryMap specification and provided by NMCAs have been edge matched at international boundaries. They incorporate a linkage between the SHN codes of administrative units for all EU countries and the corresponding statistical codes according to the NUTS regulation issued by EUROSTAT.

The harmonization process from national contribution to EuroBoundaryMap product is controlled by a conversion procedure consisting in several steps that are documented:

  • Pre-processing: validation of national contributions with regard to the requirements of the EuroBoundaryMap specification
  • Transformation of coordinates from national map projection to geographic coordinates when necessary 
  • Processing of geometry: harmonization with neighbouring countries, derivation of geometry on national upper administrative levels (USE-Regions) and geometry of NUTS-Regions for EU27
  • Quality control of final product 

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Future product improvement and next steps
EuroGeographics supports the regular maintenance and extension of the EuroBoundaryMap project according to the customer requirements. BKG is keen to deliver the EuroBoundaryMap product in a high quality based on a very close cooperation with national data suppliers, the NMCAs of Europe. Further it supports EuroGeographics efforts for further harmonisation of all their products and delivers input also for other projects.

Since 2001 the maintenance of the EuroBoundaryMap product is based on the EuroBoundaryMap Project Agreement, which has been signed by 36 NMCAs up to now. The purpose of this agreement is to enable EuroGeographics to create and distribute the EuroBoundaryMap product and to allow its continuing development according to the requirements of the market. In addition to customers from private, public and academic sector, in particular European Environment Agency (EEA) and Eurostat belong to the users of EBM of many years, so for instance EuroBoundaryMap is an essential part of the Geographic Information System of the European Commission (GISCO).

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EuroBoundaryMap Project Partners

Austria Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen

Institut Géographique National - Belgique (IGN- Belgium), Nationaal Geografisch Instituut - België

Bulgaria Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre Agency
Croatia Drzavna Geodetska Uprava (DGU)
Cyprus Department of Lands and Surveys (DLS)
Czech Republic Ceský úrad zememerický a katastrální (CUZK)
Denmark Kort og Matrikelstyrelsen
Estonia Eesti Maa-amet
Finland Maanmittauslaitos
France Institut Géographique National (IGN-France)
FYROM Агенција за катастар на недвижности (Agency for Real Estate Cadastre)
Germany Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG)
Great Britain Ordnance Survey (OS)
Greece Hellenic Mapping and Cadastral Organisation (HEMCO), Hellenic Military Geographical Service (HMGS)
Hungary Földmérési és Távérzékelési Intézet (FÖMI)
Kosovo Kosova Cadastral Agency (KCA)
Iceland Landmælingar Íslands
Ireland Ordnance Survey of Ireland (OSI)
Italy Istituto Geografico Militare Italiano (IGM), Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (ISTAT)
Latvia Latvijas Republikas Valst Zemes Dienests
Lithuania Nacionalinė Žemes Tarnyba prie Žemes ūkio Ministerijos, GIS-Centras
Luxembourg Administration du Cadastre et de la Topographie
Malta Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA)
Moldova Agentia de Stat Relatii Funciare si Cadastru a Republicii Moldova
Netherlands Kadaster en Openbare Registers
Northern Ireland Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (OSNI)
Norway Statens kartverk
Poland Glówny Urzad Geodezji i Kartografii
Portugal Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP)
Romania Agentia Nationala de Cadastru si Publicitate Imobiliara
Serbia Republicki geodetski zavod
Slovak Republic Urad geodezie, kartografie a katastra
Slovenia Geodetska Uprava Republike Slovenije
Spain Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN -Spain)
Sweden Lantmäteriet
Switzerland Swisstopo
Ukraine Derzavna Sluzba Geodezii, Kartografii ta Kadastru

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