Digital Single Market
Digital Economy & Society

Action 25: Identify and assess means of requesting significant market players to licence information about their products or services

The action aimed at examining the feasibility of measures that could lead significant market players to license interoperability information.

Following a public consultation on Access to Interoperability Information of Digital Products and Services, it has been decided that no legislative action will be proposed during this Commission's mandate. Follow-up actions include soft measures centred on model licences and guidelines for valuating interoperability information.

What is the problem?

Companies in the ICT sector that achieve wide market penetration of their products or applications may not easily make available information that would allow other products to interoperate with them. If their products are incompatible with those of other brands, users feel locked into one company's product range, for fear that any new product they purchase will not be compatible with their existing ones.

Why is EU action required?

Companies should easily provide interoperability information about their products. With this information available, smaller enterprises have the opportunity to develop compatible products or applications. The end result will be an extremely competitive market and a happy consumer.

What has the Commission done up to now?

What will the Commission do next?

Following the release of the staff working document, non-legislative measures will be pursued, notably the launch of studies for the development of model licences for interoperability information and guidelines for estimating the value of interoperability information.The results of these studies will be published in 2014.