Directive (EU) 2019/1024 on open data and the re-use of public sector information

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Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 revising Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information (the PSI Directive).

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Directive 2003/98/EC (the PSI Directive) aimed to facilitate the re-use of PSI throughout the European Union (EU) by harmonising the basic conditions for re-use and removing major barriers to re-use in the internal market. It introduced provisions on non-discrimination, charging, exclusive arrangements, transparency, licensing and practical tools to facilitate the discovery and re-use of public sector information.

Article 13 of the Directive called on the European Commission to carry out a review of its application and to communicate the results, together with any proposal for amendments, before July 2018. The review was carried out by the Commission and resulted in the publication of an evaluation report. The report found that the Directive still contributed to the achievement of its main policy objectives, but a number of issues were detected affecting the full exploitation of the potential of public sector information for the European economy and society.

The new Directive aims to address the above issues regarding the field of data management and use. The Commission adopted the proposal on 25 April 2018. The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament reached an informal agreement on 22 January 2019 regarding a compromise text for the proposal. The Parliament formally endorsed it on 4 April, followed by the Council on 6 June.

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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, April 2019: Re-use of public sector information [EU Legislation in Progress]

EUR-Lex: COM(2018)234: Proposal for a Directive on the re-use of public sector information (recast)
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)127: Impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)128: Executive summary of the impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)145: Evaluation
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)129: Executive summary of the evaluation
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File on proposal for re-use of public sector information (recast)
European Parliament: Legislative Train: Review of the public sector information (PSI) directive
European Commission: Digital Single Market: European legislation on the re-use of public sector information
European Commission: Press Release, 25/04/2018: Data in the EU: Commission steps up efforts to increase availability and boost healthcare data sharing
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 25/04/2018: Building data-based economy in the EU
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 22/01/2019: Wider reuse of public-sector data: presidency reaches provisional deal with Parliament
European Commission: Press Release, 22/01/2019: Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree on new rules for sharing of public sector data
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 06/02/2019: EU boosts its data economy as Council approves deal on wider reuse of publicly funded data
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 06/06/2019: EU stimulates digital innovation by increasing the availability of publicly funded data

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