Commission urges 19 Member States to comply with Open Data Directive
The European Commission opened infringement procedures against 19 EU Member States for failing to provide complete information on how the Open Data Directive is being transposed into national law. The EU Directive 2019/1024, referred to as Open Data Directive, was adopted on 20 June 2019. Member States had to transpose the Directive into national law and notify the Commission on transposition measures by 17 July 2021.
The Open Data Directive sets out minimum criteria for governments to share public sector information for re-use by commercial and non-commercial entities. By doing so, it aims to unlock the benefits of data and help to make more of the vast and valuable pool of data resources produced by public bodies available for re-use. The Directive will also encourage the development of innovative solutions such as mobility apps and support new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI).
As several countries have not yet notified the Commission about their transposition measurements, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden to urge them to transpose the Directive into national law.