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Documents produced by the public sector in the Member States constitute a considerable resource for the benefit of the knowledge economy.

Directive 2003/98/EC as modified by Directive 2013/37/EU sets rules on the re-use and means to facilitate the re-use of existing documents held by public sector bodies.

Open data policies encourage the availability and re-use of public sector information for private or commercial purposes and promote the circulation of information.

 

Relevant National legislation

 

Member States which have adopted specific PSI re-use measures

Belgium

Law on re-use of public sector information of 4 May 2016 Original bilingual version (FR/NL)

Royal decree establishing the procedure and deadlines for processing applications for re-use of public sector information and monitoring requirements for the provision of administrative documents of 29/10/2007 Original bilingual version (FR/NL)

Royal decree on the composition and functioning of the Commission for access to and re-use of administrative records) of 29/04/2008, Moniteur Belge, 08/05/2008, p. 24362-24368 Original bilingual version (FR, NL)

Walloon region:

Decree transposing the Directive on the re-use of public sector information of 14/12/2006 Moniteur Belge, 27/12/2006, p. 74735-74738,  Original language version

Decree transposing the Directive on the reuse of public sector information and on the open government in matters for which the Region shall exercise the powers of the French Community of 14/12/2006, Moniteur Belge, 28/12/2006, p. 74907-74908 Original language version

Flanders: 

Decree on the re-use of public sector information of 27/04/2007 Moniteur Belge, 05/11/2007, p. 56250-56256 Original bilingual version (NL, FR) 

Decree amending the decree of 27 April 2007 on the re-use of public sector information and the decree of 18 July 2008 on the electronic exchange of administrative information of 12 June 2015, Moniteur Belge 30 June 2015, p. 37664 - original bilingual version (NL, FR)

Decision of the Flemish Government on the reuse of public sector within the Flemish ministries and agencies of 19/07/2007, Moniteur Belge, 05/11/2007, p. 56256-56257 Original bilanguage version (FR/NL)

Decree of the Flemish Government establishing the professional body for public access and reuse of public sector of 19/07/2007 Moniteur Belge du 05/11/2007, p. 56257-56261 Original bilanguage version (FR/NL)

Ministerial decision establishing the licensing model for re-use of public sector information of 8/10/2007, Moniteur Belge du 05/11/2007, p. 56277-56281  EN translation

Appellate Body on public access and re-use of public information of 8/10/2007, Moniteur Belge du 05/11/2007, p. 56282-56282 EN translation

The French community:

Decree transposing the Directive on the re-use of public sector information of 25/01/2007, Moniteur Belge du 25/01/2007, p. 07886-07888 Original language version

The German community:

Decree on the re-use of public documents of 18/12/2006, Moniteur Belge, 18/12/2006, p. 13831-13833 Original tri-language version (DE, FR, NL)

Decree amending the Decree of 18/12/2006 on the re-use of public documents of 29 June 2015, Moniteur Belge 17 June 2015, p. 46503 Original tri-lingual version (DE, FR, NL)

Brussels Capital Region:

Order transposing the Directive on the re-use of public sector information of 6/03/2008, Moniteur Belge du 08/04/2008, p. 18703-18707 Bilingual version FR/NL

Ordonnance visant à l'établissement d'une politique de données ouvertes (Open Data) et portant transposition de la Directive 2013/37/UE du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 26 juin 2013 modifiant la Directive 2003/98/CE du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 17 novembre 2003 concernant la réutilisation des informations du secteur public, Moniteur Belge du 10/11/2016, p. 74728 - Bilingual version FR/NL

Cyprus

Re-use of Public Sector Information Act 2015 (Act 205(I)/2015), Cyprus Gazette, n° 4546 of 23/12/2015, p. 1442  EN translation 

Germany

Federal law transposing the PSI Directive – Re-use of Information Act (2006) EN translation.

Federal law amending the Re-use of Information Act (2015) EN translation

Greece

Law on the re-use of public sector information and the regulation of issues within the competency of the Ministry of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation of 15/03/2006, Efimeris Tis Kyvernisseos (FEKm Tefchos A) N°57 of 15/03/2006m p. 0587-00598 EN translation
 
Amendment of the provisions of  Laws 3320/2005 and 3448/2006, Article 11, of 21/11/2007, Efimeris Tis Kyvernisseos (FEK, Tefchos A), N°263 of 23/11/2007, p. 05077-05088EN translation
 
LAW No. 4305 ‘Open supply and re-use of public sector documents, information and data, amendment to Law 3448/2006 (A 57), adaptation of national legislation to the provisions of Directive 2013/37/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, further enhancing transparency, regulating matters relating to the Entry Examinations of the National School of Public Administration and Local Government and other provisions.' of 30/10/2014, Efimeris Tis Kyvernisseos N°237 of 31/10/2014, p. 7499 EN translation

Hungary

Act on the re-use of public sector information (Act LXIII of 2012) EN translation
 
Act XCVI of 2015 amending Act CXII of 2011 on Informational Self-Determination and Freedom of Information and Act LXIII of 2012 on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information  EN translation

Ireland

The European Communities (Re-use of Public Sector Information) Regulations (2005) Original language version
 
The European Communities (Re-use of Public Sector Information) Regulations, amendment of 15/04/2008 Original language version
 
The European Communities (Re-use of Public Sector Information) Regulations, amendment of 15/04/2008 Original language version
 
European Communities (Re-use of Public Sector Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 of 24 November 2015 Original language version

Italy

Legislative Decree No 36 of 24 Janaury 2006 implementing the Directive 2003/98 on the re-use of public sector information, 24/01/2006, Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana N° 37 of 14/02/2006 EN translation
 
Article 45 of Law No 96 of 4 June 2010, amending Legislative Decree No 36 of 24 January 2006 on the re-use of public sector documents, Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana N° 146 of 25/06/2010. EN translation
 
Legislative decree no 102 of 18 May 2015 implementing Directive 2013/37/EU amending Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information. EN translation

Luxembourg

Law on the re-use of public sector information, 4/12/2007, Mémorial Luxembourgeois A N° 212 of 07/12/2007, p. 3694 Original language version
 
Law modifying the law on the re-use of public sector information, Mémorial Luxembourgeois A N° 93 of 26 May 2016, p. 1726 Original language version

Malta

European Union Act (Cap. 460) Re-use of Public Sector Information Order (2007) of 09/02/2007, the Malta government gazette N° 18033 of 09/02/2007, p. 00293-00305 Bilingual language version (MT/ EN)
 
ACT No. XXIX of 13 October 2015 to provide for the re-use of public sector information and for matters ancillary or consequential thereto Original language version (EN)

Romania

 
Law on re-use of public institutions information of 25/04/2007, Journal Officiel de Roumanie n° 300 of 05/05/2007, p. 2-3 EN translation
 
Law amending the Law on re-use of public institutions information of 24/10/2008, Journal Officiel de Roumanie n° 737 of 30/10/2008, p. 3 EN translation
 
Law No 299/2015 amending Law No 109/2007 on the re-use of information from public institutions, Journal Officiel de Roumanie no 898 of 07/12/2015 EN translation

Spain

Law on the re-use of public sector information of 16/11/2007, BOE n° 276 of 17/11/2007 n°19814, p. 47160 – 47165 EN translation
 
modified by: Law 18/2015 of July on the modification of Law 37/2007 of 16 Novembre on the re-use of public sector information, BOE no. 164/2015 of 10 July 2015, p. 57436 EN translation

Sweden

Law on the re-use of public administration documents EN translation
 
Law of 21 May 2015 amending the Law (210:566) on the re-use of public sector documents  - EN translation
 
Ordinance of 21 May 2015 amending the Ordinance (2010:1770) on Spatial Information  - EN translation
 
Ordinance of 21 May 2015 amending the Archive Ordinance (1991:446) - EN translation

United Kingdom

 
The Re-use of public sector information regulations of 10/06/2005, Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) n° 1515 of 01/07/2005 - Original language version
 
The Re-use of public sector information regulations of 24/06/2015 - Original language version

 
Member States have used a combination of new measures specifically addressing re-use and legislation predating the Directive:

Austria

 
Federal measures:
Federal Law on the re-use of public sector information, BGBl. I nr. 135/2005, 18.11.2005  - EN translation
 
Federal Act amending the law on the re-use of public sector information), BGBl I nr. 76/2015, 9.07.2015 - EN translation
 
State measures (Länder): 
Law on the re-use of public sector information of the Land of Vienna, LGBl. N° 52/2005, 20/09/2005 - EN translation
 
Law amending the Law on re-use of public sector information of the Land of Vienna, LGBl No. 29/2015, 24/07/2015 - EN translation
 
Act on accountability, privacy and statistics of the Land of Carinthia of 7/07/2005 LGBl. N° 70/2005, 17/10/2005  - EN translation
 
Law No 22 of 29 October 2015 amending the Carinthian Information and Statistics Act, the Carinthian Provincial Archives Act and the Carinthian Provincial Museums Act - EN translation
 
Act on the re-use of documents held by public bodies, Land of Vorarlberg, consolidated version as per 18 August 2015 - EN translation
 
 
Law on the reuse of public sector information, Land of Tyrol consolidated version as per 10 November 2015 - EN translation
 
Law on accountability, the re-use of public sector information and the statistics of the Land of Burgenland, LGBl. N° 14/2007, 12/02/2007 - EN translation
 
Law of 26 March 2015 amending the Law on accountability, the re-use of public sector information and the statistics; LGBl. No. 31/2015 of 3/06/2015, - EN translation
 
Act on the re-use of documents held by public bodies, Land of Styria of 27/03/2007, LGBl. N° 46, 13/06/2007 - EN translation
 
Law of 19 May 2015 modifying the Land of Styria law on the re-use of documents held by public bodies, LGBl. No. 41/2015, 03/06/2015 - EN translation
 
Law on accountability, privacy, statistics and geo-data infrastructures, Land of Salzburg, as per 06/08/2015 - EN translation
 
Law amending the law on access to information and data protection, Land of Upper Austria, LGBl N°86/2006  - EN translation
 
Law amending the Upper Austrian law on access to information, on data protection and on re-use of public sector information of 18/07/2015, LGBl. No. 68/2015 - EN translation

Denmark

Public Administration Act, Lovtidende A n° 571, 19.12.1985 - EN translation
 
Access to Public Administrative Documents Act, Lovtidende A n° 572, 19.12. 1985 - EN translation
 
Act on the re-use of public sector information Lovtidende n° 596, 24.6.2005 - EN translation
 
Amended Act on the re-use of public sector information, Lovtidende A n° 551, 18/06/2008 - EN translation
 
Act amending the Act on the re-use of public sector information of 2 June 2014 - EN translation

Slovenia

Decree on communication and re-use of public sector information (2016)  - EN translation
 
Law on access to Information of Public Character - Public Information Access Act (consolidated version 2006) - EN translation
 
Act of 15 December 2015 amending the Public Information Access Act - EN translation

 

Member States which have adapted their legislative framework for access to documents to include re-use of PSI:

Bulgaria

Act amending the Access to Public Information Act of 07/07/2000 as last amended on 11/12/2015, Official Gazette N°97 of 11/12/2015 EN translation

Croatia

Act Nr. 403/13 of 8 March 2013 on the right of access to information EN translation

Act of 15 July 2015 amending and supplementing the Act on the right of access to information EN translation

Extracts from the General Administrative Procedure Act (Zakon o opcém upravnom postupku - Act Nr. 1065/2009 of 1 April 2009): English translation

Czech Republic

Act on free access to information) of 11/05/1999 Sbirka Zakonu CR N° 106/1999, 08/06/1999 EN translation

Act of 3 February 2006 amending Act no 106/1999 on free access to information EN translation

Act of 12 August 2015 amending Act no 106/1999 on free access to information EN translation

Provisions contained in a number of other Acts.

Estonia

The Public Information Act (consolidated text March 2003) EN translation

Act of 5 December 2012 amending the Public Information Act, RT I, 19.12.2012, 2 EN translation

Act of 15 December 2015 amending the Public Information Act and other related acts, RT I, 06.01.2016, 1 EN translation

Finland

Act on Transparency in Government (1999, as amended) EN translation

Act on Criteria for Charges Payable to the State (1992) Original language version

Act on Sovereignty of the Island of Åland (1991) Original language version

France

Code on the Relations between the Public and the Administration, consolidated version January 2017 Original language version

Act No 78-753 on freedom of access to administrative documents and the re-use of public information, consolidated version October 2013 Original language version

Decree on access to documents and on reuse of public sector information, specifying the provisions of law no. 78-753 of 17 July 1978 Original language version

Decree on the reuse of public sector information Original language version


Latvia

Freedom of Information Act of 29/10/1998 EN translation

Amendments to Freedom of Information Act of 22/12/2005, Latvijas Vēstnesis N° 1 of 03/01/2006 EN translation

Ministerial Order setting the procedure for awarding exclusive rights for re-use of information and for publication of information on the award of such rights EN translation

Law of 3 September 2015 amending the Law on the freedom of information EN translation

Lithuania

Law No VIII-1524 on the Right to Obtain Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies (recast by Law No. XII-2666 of 11 October 2016) EN translation

Law on State Registers (2004) EN translation

Netherlands

Law of 24 June 2015 laying down rules on the re-use of public sector information EN translation

Poland

Act of 25 February 2016 on the re-use of public sector information EN translation

Other relevant provisions:

Constitution of the Republic of Poland of 02/04/1997, Dziennik Ustaw n° 78/483 of 16/07/1997 EN translation

Code of Administrative Procedure, of 14.06.1960, Dziennik Ustaw n° 2000/98/1071 of 17/11/2000 EN translation

Act on Access to Public Information of 06/09/2001 EN translation

Amendment to Act on Access to Public Information by Act of 16 September 2011 EN translation

Portugal

Law No 26/2016 Approves the rules on access to administrative and environmental information and re-use of administrative documents, transposing Directive 2003/4/EC [...] of 28 January, and Directive 2003/98/EC [...] of 17 November.) of 22/08/2016, Diaro da Republica, D.R 1a seria, n.º 160 of 22/08/2016, p. 2777 EN translation

Slovak Republic

Act No. 211/2000 on the Access to Information, amending certain laws (Freedom of Information Act) of 17/05/2000 (as amended - consolidated version of 1 January 2016) EN translation

Article 47 of the Code of Administrative Procedure EN translation

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