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Open-Data: Threat of sanction upon EU countries

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

The European Commission (EC) calls on 19 Member States to comply with EU rules on open data and the reuse of public sector information.

Last 30th of September 2021, the EC decided to open infringement proceedings as part of the regular review of transposition by sending a *letter of formal notice to Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Spain, Estonia, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden.

*Letter ordering the non-compliant Member States to consider a specific EC obligation in their national law within 2 months.

Some Member States have failed to provide complete information on how the revised EU rules on open data and the reuse of public sector information (Directive (EU) 2019/1024) are being transposed in their national laws.

The Directive on open data and the reuse of public sector information, adopted on June 20th of 2019, aims to facilitate the access to data produced by public bodies as well as reuse.

The Directive 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 Artificial Intelligence. Member States had to transpose this Directive into national laws and notify transposition measures to the Commission by 17 July 2021.

Deadline: 30/11/2021

These Member States now have to respond to the letters and take the necessary measures before the deadline expressed by the EC. In the absence of a satisfactory response, the EC may decide to issue reasoned opinions (see 2nd step).

Daily News 30/09/2021

European Commission

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