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Consultation on Proposed Directive on Public Sector Information

The consultation period relating to the implementation of the European Directive on the re-use of public sector information formally closed on 4 December 2003. Details of the first consultation and proposed Directive are available below.

Responses to the consultation are also available, along with a list of the respondents.

The consultation

This was a consultation on a Partial Regulatory Impact Assessment on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and Council on the re-use and commercial exploitation of public sector documents.

Aim of consultation

HMSO and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) consulted on a RIA on a proposed European Directive that set a minimum level of harmonisation of the rules and administration across the European Union for the re-use and commercial exploitation of public sector information. The Directive must be implemented in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland within eighteen months of its adoption.

The consultation document and the RIA consider the ways in which we can ensure that the public sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland complies with the measures set out in the draft Directive. Your input would be of assistance in formulating how the Directive can be implemented in the most effective manner. A separate consultation has been arranged in respect of application to the devolved public sector in Scotland.

The aim of this consultation was to seek views on how the proposed Directive can be implemented in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The RIA and the accompanying consultation document has been prepared by HMSO and the DTI, which have been taking the joint policy lead for the UK on the proposed Directive.

The consultation document was also circulated to other government departments, the Advisory Panel on Crown Copyright (now the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information, the Publishers Association, representatives of the UK information industry, the Association for Geographic Information, the UK Library community and to the UK Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales.

The deadline for responses was 17.00 hrs on: 4 December 2003