Written by Mar Negreiro (2nd edition),
The mid-term review of the digital single market strategy in 2017 identified the data economy as one of the top three priority areas for action in the second half of the strategy’s implementation, and announced a legislative proposal to improve access to and the re-use of publicly funded data. These data, which include geographical, land registry, statistical and legal information, are needed by re-users in the digital economy, and are increasingly employed by public administrations themselves.
On 25 April 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a revision of the directive on the re-use of public sector information, which was presented as part of a package of measures aiming to facilitate the creation of a common data space in the EU. The directive addresses a number of issues, and presents ways to boost the potential of public sector information, including the provision of real-time access to dynamic data, the supply of high-value public data for re-use, the prevention of new forms of exclusive arrangement, and action to limit the use of exceptions to the principle of charging the marginal cost.
Within the European Parliament, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted its report on 2 December 2018. An agreement was reached with the Council in trilogue on 22 January 2019, and this was approved by the ITRE committee on 19 February. The agreed text is expected to be voted by Parliament in plenary during April 2019.
- March 2019: ‘Re-use of public sector information‘ (2nd edition)
|Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the re-use of public sector information (recast)|
|Committee responsible:||Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)||COM(2018) 234
|Rapporteur:||Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL, Cyprus)||2018/0111(COD)|
|Michał Boni (EPP, Poland)
Răzvan Popa (S&D, Romania)
Nikolay Barekov (ECR, Bulgaria)
Morten Helveg Petersen (ALDE, Denmark)
Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, Italy)
|Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)|
|Next steps expected:||First-reading vote in plenary|