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Thursday, 13 June 2013 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Re-use of public sector information (debate)

  Amelia Andersdotter, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Madam President, I would like to thank the rapporteurs, the shadows and my colleagues from the other committees for the collaboration that we have had on this file. I was happy about many things in the discussions, particularly on the open formats, which were very encouraging and give me some hope for the future.

But that said, the Commission proposal originally had other aims as well, most of which we did not agree upon, and we did not reach any particular conclusions either. I am afraid that we are now rushing ahead with an agreement for the sake of having an agreement, rather than responsibly and consistently legislating to improve the lives of European citizens.

We already have many open data projects in the Member States and local authorities. We have heard some data about their successes, but success at the Member State level does not necessarily mean that we need an EU law. It is better for us to think this over in another reading, rather than pushing ahead for the sake of pushing ahead. EU citizens’ confidence in our institution relies upon them being able to know that we know when we have a goal and a purpose to make their lives better.

The Greens/EFA and I therefore propose that we reject this trialogue outcome with the Council and that we go to a second reading and think this over again. This will not harm the open data project already under way at the Member State level, and it would be beneficial for everyone if we took the time to think about what we actually want.

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