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Action 107: Proposals to strengthen the data industry in Europe

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Recital 36 of the revised Directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive, action 3), which itself is a part of a wider Open Data Strategy, calls upon the Commission to issue guidelines in order to help the Member States in implementing the legal provisions in a consistent way. The Commission, in line with its commitment formulated in the recitals of the revised PSI Directive, will issue a series of guidelines mid-2014 on recommended standard licenses, datasets and charging for the re-use of documents, after consulting interested parties.

What is the problem?

Public sector information remains an underexploited resource and further steps are needed to unlock its full potential, especially in the light of an incoherent approach to PSI re-use within and across the Member States.

The need for guidance in the field of PSI re-use, in particular with regard to licensing and charging, was one of the main requests formulated during an extensive public consultation that fed into the Impact Assessment for the revision of the PSI Directive.

Such soft law measures were deemed necessary to promote best practice in re-use of government data across the EU and to connect exemplary public sector bodies with those that have not yet made their data available for re-use.

Why is EU action required?

Recital 36 of the revised Directive on of the re-use of public sector information (Directive 2013/37/EU), which itself is a part of a wider Open Data Strategy, calls upon the Commission to issue guidelines in order to help the Member States in implementing the legal provisions in a consistent way.

The guidelines are therefore a necessary element of the strategy that further includes legislative measures, support to R&D on data, development of European data-portals and other actions designed to facilitate EU-wide access to PSI and to stimulate the creation of information products based on PSI re-use.

What has the Commission done so far?

  • The Commission launched an open online consultation to gather feedback from all parties interested in the topics to be covered by the guidelines. As a key element of the consultation, a public hearing at the Commission's premises took place in Luxembourg (25th of November 2013).
  • In parallel to updating the legal framework on the re-use of PSI and preparing soft-law measures, the Commission has been in close contact with the Member States in the framework of an expert group (PSI Group) which meets regularly to discuss issues directly linked to the re-use of public sector information and to promote the exchange of best practices in this field.

What will the Commission do next?

The Commission, in line with its commitment formulated in the recitals of the revised PSI Directive, will issue a series of guidelines on recommended standard licenses, datasets and charging for the re-use of documents, after consulting interested parties. The Commission will also actively assist the Member States in the correct implementation of the updated legal rules throughout the duration of the transposition period (till July 2015).

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