Europe adopted the INSPIRE Directive in May, 2007 that established an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe to support Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment. INSPIRE is based on the infrastructures for spatial information established and operated by the 27 Member States of the European Union. The Directive addresses 34 spatial data themes needed for environmental applications, with key components specified through technical implementing rules. source: INSPIRE DIRECTIVE
In response to this directive, Autodesk announced a new technology preview on Autodesk Labs called Project Inspire, which allows AutoCAD Map 3D users to find, bind, and publish INSPIRE compliant metadata with their drawings. Please check it out on Autodesk Labs.