Directive on the re-use of public sector information

Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information, otherwise known as the PSI Directive,[2][3] is an EU directive that encourages EU member states to make as much public sector information available for re-use as possible. Previous to the creation of this directive this area was left to member states to regulate. This directive now provides a common legislative framework for this area.

Directive 2003/98/EC
European Union directive
TitleDirective on the re-use of public sector information
Made byEuropean Parliament & Council
Made underArt. 95
Journal referenceL 345, 2003-12-31, pp.90–96
Date made2003-11-17[1]
Came into force2003-12-31[1]
Implementation date2008-05-08[1]
Preparative texts
Commission proposalC 365 E, 2000-12-19, p.223
EESC opinionC 85, 2003-04-08, p.25
Other legislation
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Substantially amended

The Directive is an attempt to remove barriers that hinder the re-use of public sector information throughout the Union.

The ePSIplus web portal (which has since been renamed "ePSIplatform") was set up as a result of this directive.

In 2013 it was amended to make it more aligned with open government data concepts and also to contemplate cultural heritage information, among other modifications.[4]

The PSI Directive was subsequently replaced by the Open Data Directive (EU) 2019/1024 which entered into force on 16 July 2019.[5][6] Member states have until 16 July 2021 to transpose the new directive into national law.


"Public sector information" includes " any content whatever its medium (written on paper or stored in electronic form or as a sound, visual or audiovisual recording)" when produced by a public sector body within its mandate. However the directive explicitly excluded a number of cases, including:[7]

(d) documents held by public service broadcasters and their

subsidiaries, and by other bodies or their subsidiaries for the fulfilment of a public service broadcasting remit; (e) documents held by educational and research establishments, such as schools, universities, archives, libraries and research facilities including, where relevant, organisations established for the transfer of research results; (f) documents held by cultural establishments, such as museums, libraries, archives, orchestras, operas, ballets and theatres.


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