New rules on open data start to apply

Photo: EPA Margrethe Vestager

As of tomorrow the revised Directive on open data and reuse of public sector information into national law comes into force, the EU press service reported. The updated rules will stimulate the development of innovative solutions such as mobility apps, increase transparency by opening the access to publicly funded research data, and support new technologies, including AI.

“With our Data Strategy, we are defining a European approach to unlock the benefits of data. The new directive is key to make the vast and valuable pool of resources produced by public bodies available for reuse. Resources that have already been paid by the taxpayer. So the society and the economy can benefit from more transparency in the public sector and innovative products,” Executive VP Margrethe Vestager said.

The public sector produces, collects and disseminates data in many areas, for example geographical, legal, meteorological, political and educational data. The new rules, adopted in June 2019, ensure that more of this public sector information is easily available for re-use, thus generating value for the economy and society.

“These rules will enable us to overcome the barriers that prevent the full re-use of public sector data, in particular for SMEs. The total direct economic value of these data is expected to quadruple from €52 billion in 2018 for the EU Member States and the UK to €194 billion in 2030,” Internal market Commissioner Thierry Breton pointed out.

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