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This section provides information about the Regulations on the re-use of public sector information that came into force on 1 July 2005. The Regulations implement a European Directive on the re-use of public sector information.

The aim of the Regulations is to encourage the re-use of public sector information by removing obstacles that stand in the way of re-use. The main themes are improving transparency, fairness and consistency. In doing so it will help stimulate the development of innovative new information products and services across Europe, so boosting the information industry.

The Guide to the Regulations and Best Practice explains the Regulations and provides information about existing best practice and sources of help.

For information on PSI events please send us a message by using the form on the Contact Us page and selecting Advice: PSI Regulations from the drop down menu.

What’s New in PSI

The European Commission’s Review of the PSI Directive 2003/98/EC

The European Commission published the Review of the PSI Directive 2003/98/EC on 7 May. The aim of this Communication is to review the application of the PSI Directive and to highlight the potential for re-use of PSI in the digital age.

The Commission concludes that the basic conditions to facilitate the re-use of PSI throughout the EU have been introduced by the Directive. The Commission will carry out a further review by 2012 when more evidence on the impact, effects and application of the Directive should be available and will consider legislative amendments at that stage, taking into consideration the progress made in the meantime in the Member States.

The Review, along with a staff working document (which sets more detailed context and highlights cases across Europe – including the achievements of OPSI), can be found on the EC Information Society portal web pages:

The United Kingdom Report on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information 2009