Results of the online consultation of stakeholders"Review of the PSI Directive"
The 2010 consultation on the review of the PSI Directive spurred high interest among differentcategories of stakeholders, with 594 responses received - an over 15-fold increase compared with the2008 consultation. The Commission received responses from 37 countries, including from all Member States but Cyprus, with almost 30% of all responses submitted by German respondents and 80% of allresponses submitted by respondents from 11 Member States (DE, FR, UK, FIN, ES, IT, BEL, NL,SWE, AT, PL). 5 Member States submitted official positions in response to the consultation, (Belgium,Denmark, France, Netherlands and UK). However, on top of these five, several individual Ministriesand governmental services submitted responses online and these were each time included in the PSIbodies' category.The responses embrace the different actors present in the PSI value chain: PSI content holders, other public authorities not holding any PSI, PSI re-users, academics and experts, citizens and 35respondents identified as "other", among which were e.g. public companies, interested associations,standard setting organisations. The responses from the PSI re-users cover to a considerable degree thedifferent active sectors of the information reuse market. Considerable input was received from smallscale IT companies – re-users of PSI as well as from important re-users of geographical, legal andbusiness information. The main European publishing and broadcasting associations as well ascompanies representing this sector also provided their input. The response of the PSI Alliance, whichrepresents the views of an important group of private sector companies and associations active in thePSI field, should also be noted. Among PSI content holders were e.g. representatives of individualministries, local governments, meteorological and geographic institutes, statistical offices, landregistries and cadastres, judicial authorities. Among other PSI bodies were several archives, publicbroadcasters, libraries.An overwhelming majority of respondents signalled that PSI re-use has not reached its full potentialand supports further action to stimulate re-use and to promote cross-border provision of PSI basedproducts and services, although responses to the last topic showed some difference of opinion amongthe PSI bodies.In general, a majority of respondents favours amendments to the Directive although support for amendments ranges according to the category of respondents from some 40% of PSI content holders upto over 70% of re-users.Suggestions for legislative amendments and for additional soft-law guidance did not differ significantlyamong specific categories of respondents. Respondents signalled many issues that in their view remainproblematic, but several topics stand out clearly within the submissions.Respondents across all categories, with strongest support from re-users, academics and "others", calledfor amending the general principle to establish a right to re-use (with a notable exception of Belgium,which expressly pleaded for maintaining the current discretion).Generally, respondents across all categories also called for legislative amendments or soft-lawclearance on the issues of public task, charging, several issues related to data and licensing conditions.1