The European Union Public Licence (EUPL)
Open source licence
You want to publish your software, data, documents, specifications or source codes under an open source licence that has a clear legal standing in European law.
The European Union Public Licence is a unique and open source licence created by the European Commission that is available in 23 official EU languages and can be used by anyone.
The purpose of EUPL is to encourage public administrations, starting with the EU institutions themselves, to embrace the free and open source model. It is legally consistent with the copyright law of all 28 Member states, and supports other popular open source licences. It is especially well-suited for public administrations and interoperability tools shared on Joinup.
In May 2017, the European Commission published a new version of the EUPL v.1.2. This version provides a wider compatibility with other open source licences compared to the previous version from 2009.
6 December, 16h00 – 17h00 Sharing and Reuse: open, efficient and innovative public services (EN, FR)
This session, co-organised by the European Commission, selects some of the best practices of comprehensive policies and pragmatic tools from public services across the European Union.
Sharing and Reuse Framework: an enabler for public service innovation
by Georges LOBO, Programme Officer in Interoperability Unit (ISA²),
Directorate-General for Informatics, European Commission;
The new EUPL 1.2: a tool for sharing and reuse
by Stefano GENTILE, Copyright and trademark law specialist, at the European Commission's Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Unit, JRC.
Discussion with eGov experts
Read the text of the newest EUPL version.
Contact the Interoperability unit of DG Informatics (please use the subject line 'EUPL').
The EUPL was certified by the Open Source Initiative, and there are currently tens of thousands of projects licensed under the EUPL. It is widely used by public administrations in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, Bulgaria, and other EU countries. Here are some examples of solutions under the EUPL:
- Oskari, the service platform for embedded maps and geoportals of the National Land Survey of Finland. Oskari is used for international projects, including Arctic SDI, involving Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, USA, and Denmark.
- Sentilo is an Internet of Things cross-platform designed to fit in the Smart City architecture of any city which looks for openness and easy interoperability; currently deployed at city level in Barcelona.
- SDMX Reference Infrastructure, a generalised service infrastructure from Eurostat for statistical data and metadata exchange.
- AT4AM, a web-based amendment authoring tool used at the European Parliament
- Tarîqa, an intelligence platform used by the European Commission which provides real-time support for early warning and crisis response.
- Client @firma, the eSignature public service client of the Technology Transfer Centre of Spain.
- Re3gistry, a tool to manage and share reference codes.
The EUPL is also use by organisations such as the European Commission, European Parliament, National Land Survey of Finland and Spain's Technology Transfer Centre (CTT).
Read more about the use of the EUPL.
The EUPL is available in 23 EU languages.