About this consultation

Consultation period
19 September 2017 - 12 December 2017
Digital economy and society

Responses to this consultation

The Commission will publish the replies shortly after the end of the consultation period.

Consultation outcome

The Commission will summarise the replies after the end of the consultation period. The results will be taken into account in the context of the review of the PSI directive.

Target group

All interested parties, including governments, public sector content holders and users, commercial and non-commercial re-users, experts and academics as well as citizens are invited to contribute.

Objective of the consultation

The Commission is launching a public consultation in view of reviewing the directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive). As foreseen in the May 2017 mid-term Review of the Digital Single Market strategy (COM(2017) 228), and in order to fulfil the goals of the strategy in the field of the data economy, the Commission is preparing an initiative on accessibility and re-use of public and publicly funded data, and is at the same time further exploring the issue of privately held data which are of public interest.

The Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information is a core element of the European strategy to open up government data for use in the economy and for reaching societal goals. Revised by Directive 2013/37/EU (PSI Directive) in July 2013, it encourages Member States (MS) to make as much material held by public sector bodies available for re-use as possible to foster transparency, data-based innovation and fair competition.

The European Commission launches the review of the PSI directive, fulfilling the periodic review obligation contained in its article 13, and at the same time furthering the goals of the DSM Strategy in the field of data economy.

The questions of this online consultation cover both the evaluation of the current Directive implementation and the problem, objectives and possible options for the future.

How to submit your response

Please note that in order to ensure a fair and transparent consultation process only responses received through the online questionnaire will be taken into account and included in the report.

The online questionnaire will allow respondents to upload a document, such as a position paper. This document will be published together with the response and taken into account in the analysis of results.

Stakeholders may also send such documents via the functional mailbox (see contact details below).These documents, sent in the timeframe of the public online consultation, will also be taken into account and included in the report.

Privacy statement

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

Please indicate your preference for the publication of your response on the Commission's website (see specific privacy statement).

Please, note that regardless the option chosen, your contribution may be subject to a request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001 on public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. In this case the request will be assessed against the conditions set out in the Regulation and in accordance with applicable data protection rules.

Accessibility for persons with disabilities

We shall accept questionnaires by email or by post from persons with disabilities and their representative organisations.

Please, either:

European Commission

DG Communication Networks, Content & Technology

Unit G1 – Data Policy and Innovation

Euroforum Building

10 rue Robert Stumper

L-2557 Luxembourg



In the survey you will be asked whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation. We ask responding organisations to register in the transparency register.

View the questionnaire