Results of the MS Consultation on the review of the application of Directive 2003/98/EEC on the re-use of public sector information

European Commission
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Directive 2003/98/EC of Parliament and Council on the re-use of public sector information (PSI) was adopted on 17 November 2003. It regulates the behaviour of public sector bodies when they act in the market by trading information (e.g. geographical, statistical or meteorological data) or making it available for re-use.

The adoption of the Directive has created new opportunities for the content industry in Europe to exploit PSI for added-value information products and services, particularly with cross border effects (navigation systems, meteorological services, etc) and improved the conditions for public sector bodies to widely disseminate, share and allow the re-use of its data.

The Directive itself establishes that the Commission will submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council in 2008 on the results of the review of the application of the Directive.

In this context a questionnaire was submitted to the Member States (MS) to provide the Commission with their views on the above mentioned topic. The questionnaires were sent to the MS through their representatives in the PSI Group on 19th May 2008, the deadline for reception of responses was extended until the 15th of September 2008. The consultation is divided into 3 specific sections: i) implementation and impact of the Directive, ii) scope of the Directive and, iii) looking ahead.

14 MS have responded to the questionnaire. The reports are available at for those cases for which the Commission has been given authorisation to make them public.

(Background and structure of the consultation)