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EuroGeoSurveys (EGS)[1] was founded in 1995 as a non-profit international association to represent the national geological survey organisations of Europe, and to form a bridge between science and policy at National and pan-European levels.


The concept of a collaborative partnership to promote geoscience in Europe was first developed in 1970, and the first informal network, knows as WEGS, was created in Orleans in 1971. The expansion of EU membership and increasing collaboration between national surveys increased during the 1980s, leading to the first coordinated publication in 1992 of "Geology and the Environment in Western Europe". [2] At this time, the partnership became known as FOREGS. In 1995, 15 Geological Surveys from members states and Norway formed EuroGeoSurveys as a non-profit international organisation, with the encouragement of the European Commission. In 1996 the EGS Brussels Bureau opened to host the EGS Secretariat. As EU Membership expanded, so did the membership of EGS. By 1998 EGS had become key contributors to EU co-funded geoscience research and development projects and policies. The Geochemical Atlas of Europe[3] was published in 2005, as a final collaboration between FOREGS and EGS. In 2011 the European Parliament called on the EC to assess the need for an independent geological service for the EU, and in 2014 EGS Members committed to providing a common European Geological Knowledge Base and a Geological Service for Europe. In 2015, the GeoERA[4] project, comprising 45 regional and national geological surveys from 32 countries, joined forces to develop an ERA-NET Co-Fund Action to deliver a Geological Service for Europe. This was further developed through EU funding in 2022 to create the GSEU - A Geological Service for Europe[5] project.

As of April 2023, EGS represents 37 national geological surveys in Europe and engages with a number of regional geological surveys. Based in Brussels, Belgium, the EGS Secretariat operates under the authority of its General Assembly and Executive Committee, and is supported by a number of thematic Expert Groups and Task Forces on the topics of geochemistry, spatial data/ INSPIRE, geologic hazards, geological mapping, groundwater, Earth observation, energy, marine geology, mineral resources [6] [7] urban geology and international cooperation.

The core aim of EuroGeoSurveys is to coordinate a network of national geological survey organisations in Europe, engage in joint research efforts and maintain an integrated and harmonised geological information platform (the European Geological Data Infrastructure[8]) as a basis for a Geological Service for Europe.



  1. "Homepage". EuroGeoSurveys. Retrieved 2023-04-17.
  2. Woodcock, Nigel (May 1993). "G. I. Lumsden (ed.) 1992. Geology and Environment in Western Europe. A Coordinated Statement by the Western European Geological Surveys. xii + 325 pp. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Price £85.00 (hard covers). ISBN 0 19 854296 8". Geological Magazine. 130 (3): 403–404. doi:10.1017/S001675680002029X. ISSN 1469-5081. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  3. Salminin, R; Batista, M; Bidovec, M; Demetriades, Alecos; de Vivo, Benedetto; Do Vos, Walter; Gilucis, A; Gregorauskiene, Virgilija; Halamic, Josip (2005). Geochemical Atlas of Europe. Geological Survey of Finland. ISBN 951-690-921-3. Search this book on
  4. "GeoERA". GeoERA. Retrieved 2023-04-17.
  5. "Homepage". EuroGeoSurveys. Retrieved 2023-04-17.
  6. "European Geologist 39 by European Federation of Geologists - Issuu". 25 May 2015. Retrieved 2023-04-17.
  7. "European Geologist Journal 42 by European Federation of Geologists - Issuu". 17 January 2017. Retrieved 2023-04-17.
  8. "EGDI – European Geological Data Infrastructure". Retrieved 2023-04-17.

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