About: public sector information

EU Priorities 2020 27-08-2003

Commercial exploitation of public sector information

The Commission wants to establish a European framework for the commercial exploitation of public-sector information. This minimum harmonisation should provide a degree of legal certainty for the market players while leaving Member States free to choose how to adapt the provisions to local circumstances. Main issues in the debate are the level of harmonisation (obligation versus encouraging the re-use of the information, the charging principles (for free or at costs price), and issues of intellectual property. With this proposal, the Commission wants to stimulate the development of a European market for digital content products and wireless content services.