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PAe - the european commission is launching a public consultation on the revision of the directive on the reuse of public Sector information (RISP)
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The European Commission is launching a public consultation on the revision of the directive on the reuse of public Sector information (RISP)

20th september 2017

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The committee requests views on how to improve the accessibility and reuse of public data or publicly funded, as well as access to private data of public interest and their use.

The wide availability of data public and publicly funded for reuse it makes the eu and national institutions more transparent and efficient. In addition, if the public sector information (such as statistics, data or data from meteorological research) used and disseminated effectively between sectors and borders, can strengthen our economy, leading to new business models and jobs. “ This consultation will help us to reflect on how to spread a culture of data in the eu ” commented the vice-chairman of the Commission, the estonian Andrus Ansip.

The Commission is initiating public consultation in the context of the review of the directive isps, to fulfil the obligation prescribed periodic review by the directive. Form part of the initiative on accessibility and reuse of public data and with public funding provided for in the review of the strategy of the single digital market. It will also explore the issue of private data which are in the public interest.

The consultation itself

The consultation was divided into three parts:

  • The first part concerns the assessment of the implementation and operation of the current eu legislative framework on the reuse of government data.
  • The second part examines the possible improvements in this framework for the future.
  • The third part reflects the current debate on the possibility of allowing the public sector agencies accessing and using private data, provided it is justified by considerations of public interest.

It also invited all interested parties, including governments, the holders and users of public sector data re-users, commercial and non-commercial, experts and academics, as well as the citizens, to share their views through portal dedicated to the consultation (Opens in new window) the eu until 12 december 2017.

The Directive

The Directive on the reuse of public sector information (2003/98/ec) establishes a common legal framework for a european public data (public sector information). It is based on two fundamental pillars of the internal market: transparency and fair competition.

It focuses on the economic aspects of the reuse of information and encourages member states to put all the information available for reuse to foster innovation based on data. It addresses the information of the public sector agencies of member states, at the national, regional and local levels, such as the ministries, state agencies, municipalities, as well as the organizations primarily funded by or under the control of public authorities (for example, institutes). From 2013, the content of museums, libraries and archives also falls within the scope of the directive.

The Directive covers all types of content and information, whether written texts, databases, audio files or film fragments. Currently does not apply to the educational, scientific and broadcasting. The directive should apply, with full respect for the law on protection of persons with regard to the treatment of personal data.

Directive 2003/98/EC (Opens in new window) entered into force on 31 december 2003 and was reviewed by the Directive 2013/37/EU (Opens in new window) , which entered into force on 17 july 2013.

Since the year 2015, the european commission financed the Data Portal (Opens in new window) through Connecting Europe Facility programme (Opens in new window) . . This is a pan-european deposit of public sector information open to reuse in the eu. This portal also offers a training centre for data on how to re-open and a database of success stories of reutilizadores european and international level.

The Commission sets an example, a solid legal framework for the reuse of their own data, complemented by a data portal is open from the eu, you can find datasets of the committee, as well as the other institutions and eu agencies.

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