[rohrpost] Commission takes 5 countries to Court of Justice for failure on EU rules to re-use public information

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Mit Dez 27 09:48:39 CET 2006

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countries to Court of Justice forfailure on EU rules to re-use public
information [signed] From:    "Matthias Spielkamp [c]"
<spielkamp at autorenwerk.de>
Date:    Tue, December 26, 2006 3:34 pm
To:      "Wizards of OS" <wos at post.openoffice.de>

Commission takes 5 countries to Court of Justice for failure on EU
rules to re-use public information – a resource worth up to €48

The European Commission is taking five Member States to the European
Court of Justice for a failing to put into practice the Directive on
the re-use of public sector information (PSI). The re-use of PSI has
enormous economic potential as it represents a raw material for new
added value services and products worth from €10-48 billion in the EU

"Public sector information is a tremendous resource for Europe's
emerging digital content industry," said Information Society and Media
Commissioner Viviane Reding. "Failure to act now will stifle growth,
will stifle jobs and will ultimately hurt this all too important
sector for Europe. This is why we will not let proactive Member States
and Europe suffer because of inaction by others."

Member States should have notified the Commission of measures to put
into practice the PSI Directive by 1 July 2005. Up to now, Austria,
Belgium, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg have failed to do so. The
Commission is taking action against these countries by referring them
now to the European Court of Justice.

Public organisations produce, collect and store vast amounts of public
sector information, ranging from financial and weather data to tourist
and traffic information. The Directive on the re-use of PSI aims to
make it simpler to create EU-wide information products and services
that are based on public sector information, and to limit distortions
competition in the EU's information market (see IP/02/814).

New technologies are allowing new PSI-based services to emerge
delivered in new ways such as to mobile platforms. A recent study by
the UK's Office of Fair Trading found that more competition and
openness in public sector information re-use could benefit the UK
economy by around £1 billion (€1.5 billion) a year, while a recent
benchmarking study estimated that the overall market size to be worth
between €10-48
billion in the EU alone.

This last study concluded that the Directive is already levelling the
playing field. Many public sector bodies and industry re-users see it
as a good first step toward a more open environment. However, it also
recognised that much needs to be done to fully realise this openness
in practice.

With the court actions launched today, the Commission confirms its
determination to ensure that the legal provisions for the re-use of
public sector information are duly implemented across the EU.

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