Communia International Association on the Public Domain has been active in the discussion on the legal framework for access to and re-use of public sector information (PSI) in the EU for many years. In our position papers from 2012 and 2014 we spoke about the proposal to amend Directive 2003/98/EC. We also took part in the public consultation on the review of the PSI Directive (2017 PSI Review) conducted by the European Commission last year, both submitting our responses to the questionnaire and publishing a policy paper with our recommendations to strengthen access and re-use of PSI.
COMMUNIA is pleased to see that the proposal to amend Directive on re-use of public sector information, which has been presented by the Commission on 25 of April 2018, includes most of the recommendations we made in our prior responses to consultations and policy analyses. We are especially glad to see the attempts to make more research data available, the extension of the scope to public undertakings (including transportation data), and further limiting the scenarios in which public entities may charge for data. COMMUNIA supports the proposal to amend Directive, but at the same time we want to draw attention to some issues where the proposal should be improved.
Our detailed comments are available in the attached file.
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