The PSI Directive (Directive 2003/98 / EC) should be transposed by EU Member States by July 2015, Jörgen Gren, a member of the cabinet of Andrus Ansip - the European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Single Market, said at the Open Belgium 2015 conference in Namur (Belgium) on February 23.
The directive helps Member States to include in their own laws a model to re-use public sector information. It provides a framework to push administrations and ministries to open up and publish their data and increase the transparency of their governance. The directive also aims to promote the re-use of data at low cost, through a set of rules and best practices, Gren said at the conference.
The Commission has helped Member States to transpose the directive with the publication of a series of guidelines, he added. "Open access is now mainstream," he said, adding that the Commission was engaged in a policy of openness within the Digital Single Market program.
Transposing the directive by decree
However, the transposition of the directive into Belgian law is slow and is still not operational. Experts from a roundtable mentioned "a lack of coordination" in government. "The Open Data was not a priority. Transposition is difficult. But it is now a priority," they said.
"A draft decree is underway to implement the directive," confirmed Liège University’s Rector Bernard Rentier who represented Wallonia at Open Belgium 2015. "We will be ready before the summer." Noël Van Herreweghe, Program Manager for Open Data for the Flemish Government, said that the implementation would be effective in July 2015.
Gren also reiterated that the EU was committed to an open data policy. The institution has already built an open source-based portal (open-data.europa.eu). To date, this portal gives access to 8116 datasets. Data are supplied the institutions and bodies of the EU, according to the website.
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