The PSI Directive focuses on the economic aspects of re-use of information rather than on the access of citizens to information. It encourages the Member States to make as much information available for re-use as possible.
It addresses material held by public sector bodies in the Member States, at national, regional and local levels, such as ministries, state agencies, municipalities, as well as organisations funded for the most part by or under the control of public authorities (e.g. meteorological institutes).
It was adopted on 17 November 2003 and entered into force on 31 December 2003.
Please find the full text of the Directive here.
What information does it cover - and what is excluded?
It covers written texts, databases, audio files and film fragments.
It does not apply to the educational, scientific, broadcasting and cultural sectors.
Summary of the Directive
Implementation into national law
Please see our detailed overview of legislation implementing the PSI Directive in each EU Member State and the countries of the European Economic Area.
Revision of the Directive
The review of the Directive is one of the key actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe. In December 2011, the Commission presented a proposal to revise the Directive. Read more on the revision of the Directive here.
...and what about the Commission's own documents?
Directives put obligations only on Member States. Therefore the Commission has adopted a separate decision to allow re-use of its own documents - going beyond the rules of the PSI Directive. Read more here.