The Parliament’s industry committee adopted in its second reading nine compromise amendments to the Council’s common position on the re-use of public sector information.
In its common position of March 2003, the Council emphasised that the Directive does not in any form compel the Member States to allow the re-use of legislative and administrative documents. The decision rests with the Member States themselves.
The Parliament and the Council differ on several issues:
- the Council wants to restrict the rules to public sector “documents”, whereas the Parliament uses the broader term “information”;
- the MEPs want a shorter three-weeks time-limit for processing an information request;
- Council and Parliament have different views on the “reasonable costs” for this providing of information.