Commission Decision 2006/291/EC, on the re-use of Commission information

EU決定(Commission Decision)
European Commission


This Decision determines the conditions for the re-use of documents held by the Commission or on its behalf by the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (Publications Office) with the aim of facilitating a wider re-use of information, enhancing the image of openness of the Commission, and avoiding unnecessary administrative burden for re-users and the Commission services alike.

(Article 1: Subject matter)

  1. This Decision applies to public documents authored by the Commission or by public and private entities on its behalf:
    • (a) which have been published by the Commission or by the Publications Office on its behalf through publications, websites or other dissemination tools; or
    • (b) which have not been published for economic or other practical reasons, such as studies, reports and other data.
  2. This Decision shall not apply:
    • (a) to software or to documents covered by industrial property rights such as patents, trademarks, registered designs, logos and names;
    • (b) to documents for which the Commission is not in a position to allow re-use in view of intellectual property rights of third parties;
    • (c) to the research results of the Joint Research Centre;
    • (d) to documents made accessible to a party under specific rules governing privileged access to documents.
  3. This Decision shall be implemented in full respect of the rules on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, and in particular Regulation (EC) No 45/2001.
  4. This Decision is without prejudice to and in no way affects Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001.

(Article 2: Scope)

Subject to the restrictions set out in Article 2(2) and 2(3) all documents shall be re-usable for commercial or non-commercial purposes in accordance with the conditions set out below. Where possible, documents shall be made available through electronic means.

(Article 4: General principle)