Back in 1993 the initiative has been promoted by DG XIII of European Commission to
- Support and develop at European level the use of applications and technologies related to Geographic Information
- Develop research and projects of European interest, to contribute to the development of standards and to overcome constraints conditioning the dissemination of Geographical Information at European level
- Contribute to define a European policy for the realization of the European Geographic Information Infrastructure
- Represent the common interests of the European “Geographical Information Community“
On 19 and 20 May 1994 17 funding members (12 national GI associations and 5 pan European sectoral organisations) and 7 observes met at the first formal meeting of EUROGI.
For the first two years of functioning funding of European Commission was assured. After that EUROGI became independent non-aligned European organisation – network of networks – funded by its members.
In 2006, EUROGI opened its doors to include not only national GI Associations but also members from Industry, Academic institutions, Public Sector bodies, Not-for-Profit organisations.
Later in 2009 and 2015, EUROGI formally performed some required adjustments to the Membership structure in order to allow the active participation from the many GI-SDI stakeholders across Europe. EUROGI is these days open and inclusive organisation.
- Michael Brand (GB); 1994 – 1999
- Ian Messer (GB); 1999 – 2003
- Jean Poulit (FR); 2003 – 2007
- Mauro Salvemini (IT); 2007 – 2011
- Bruce McCormack (IE); 2011 – 2015
- Henning Sten Hansen (DK); 2015 – 2019
- Andreas Wytzisk (DE); 2019 interim
- Hans Breemersch (BE); 2019 –
- Christian Chenez (FR); 1994 – 1999
- Anton Wolfkamp (NL); 1999 – 2002
- Bino Marchesini (NL); 2002 – 2005; 2010
- João Geirinhas (PT); 2006 – 2009
- Catharina Bamps (BE); 2011 – 2013
- Simon Vrečar (SI); 2013 – 2019