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Abstract

Full title: eEurope 2002: creating a EU framework for the exploitation of public sector information. - Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. - COM (2001) 607 final

The digital, knowledge-based economy has a strong impact on the life of all Europeans. It can be a powerful engine for growth, competitiveness and jobs, while at the same time improving citizens' quality of life. This was underlined by the Lisbon European Council of 23 and 24 March 2000. The eEurope Action Plan 2002 - An Information Society for All, endorsed by the Heads of State and Government in Feira on 19-20 June 2000, set concrete targets to bring Europe fully into the digital era. Within the Action Plan, Public sector information is singled out as one of the issues to be tackled.

While recognizing the importance of public sector information for democratic and civic life, this Communication focuses on the economic and internal market aspects of public sector information. It proposes a set of actions to overcome the market barriers that exist at a European level and addresses in particular the issue of the exploitation of public sector information. No new proposals are made in relation to access to information. The actions presented here - some of them new, others already under way - together form a coherent whole articulated around two main axes:
- Experimentation and Dialogue: Catalyzing the developments by supporting exemplary projects and stimulating the exchange of best practices throughout Europe;

- Legislative: a minimum harmonization at European level of conditions for the commercial exploitation of public sector information throughout Europe is under consideration.

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Record Number: 1713 / Last updated on: 2001-11-06
Category: COM DOCUMENT