Directive on the re-use of public sector information

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Directive 2003/98/EC
European Union directive
Title Directive on the re-use of public sector information
Made by European Parliament & Council
Made under Art. 95
Journal reference L345, 2003-12-31, pp. 90 – 96
Date made 2003-11-17[1]
Came into force 2003-12-31[1]
Implementation date 2008-05-08[1]
Preparative texts
Commission proposal C365 E, 2000-12-19, p.  223
EESC opinion C85, 2003-04-08, p.  25
Other legislation
Amended by
Replaced by
Substantially amended

Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information, otherwise known as the PSI Directive[2][3] is an EU directive that encourages EU member states to make as much public sector information available for re-use as possible. Previous to the creation of this directive this area was left to member states to regulate. This directive now provides a common legislative framework for this area.

The Directive is an attempt to remove barriers that hinder the re-use of public sector information throughout the Union.

The ePSIplus web portal (which has since been renamed "ePSIplatform") was set up as a result of this directive.

In 2013 it was amended to make it more aligned with open government data concepts and also to contemplate cultural heritage information, among other modifications.[4]


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