Polish Draft Bill On PSI Access
Warsaw, 5 July 2011
(by Ton Zijlstra)
The Polish government is sending a bill to parliament amending the bill on Access to Public Information. The Centrum Cyfrowe has posted an English summary of a statement made on the Prime Ministers website.
The main purpose of the amendment is to introduce into national legislation rules for re-use of public information in line with the EU PSI Directive.
Working with a central repository, to which all government bodies will be required to contribute PSI, everyone will have the right to re-use public information, without restrictions and free of charge (as far as no incremental costs of distribution apply, which you will have to pay). Providing PSI for re-use may not restrict the rights to re-use of others, and principles of transparency, non-discrimination and non-exclusivity apply.
(machine translation:) "Designated public service entities will provide to the repository - specified by the Prime Minister - information resources. The resource information is defined as a special kind of public information of particular importance for the development of innovation and information society."
The government statement says "the proposed solution should improve the competitiveness of companies whose business involves the processing of information."