Commission welcomes Member States' endorsement of EU Open Data rules

European Commission, Press Release, Reference: IP/13/316, Brussels, 10 April 2013.

"The European Commission welcomes endorsement by the EU Council's 'Coreper' committee (EU Committee of Member States' Permanent Representatives) of the Commission's effort to open-up public sector data for re-use across Europe (see IP/11/1524).

Once fully implemented into national law, the revision of the 2003 Public Sector Information Directive would make all generally accessible (that is, non-personal) public sector information available for re-use. Developers, programmers, businesses and citizens will be able to get and re-use public sector data at zero or very low cost in most cases. They will also have access to more exciting and inspirational content, for example including materials in national museums, libraries and archives.

The proposed new rules now need to be formally approved by the European Parliament."

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