More than 30 participants attended the workshop on the study supporting the evaluation and impact assessment of the Public Sector Information re-use (PSI) Directive which took place in Brussels on the 16th of March.

The purpose of the workshop was twofold:

  • To present the conclusions of the evaluation of the PSI Directive in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value and with a specific focus on the 2013 changes (including from a legal perspective).
  • To illustrate the possible ways forward for the PSI Directive and examine current challenges that should be addressed by the legislation in order to continue fostering the PSI market in the European Union.

During this event, it was explained that the PSI Directive already had a very positive impact on the data economy in the European Union. Indeed, this directive helped building a fair and non-discriminatory market for access and re-use of PSI, it enabled the creation of around 8000 jobs in the past few years and it fostered both demand and supply of open data in Europe. Nonetheless, the study team highlighted how a few new barriers and problems for PSI reuse are emerging and explained why these should be addressed by the PSI legislation. In particular, the identified problems concern the inaccessibility of publicly funded data held by research establishments and para-public bodies, the lack of APIs solutions, the costs of data and the different practices on charging as well as the emergence of new types of non-exclusive agreements. During the event, the study team presented different strategies for addressing these barriers and discussed them with the participants. The study team also introduced a number of possible policy options for the future in order to keep the PSI Directive effective and relevant in the fast-changing data economy.

 

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