EC opens infringement proceedings against Bulgaria for the use of open data

The European Commission announced on September 30th that it had initiated infringement proceedings against 19 Member States, including Bulgaria, for the implementation of the revised EU rules on open data and the re-use of public sector information in accordance with Directive (EU) 2019/1024 Has .

The guideline in question “aims to develop the usefulness of data and will help to make more of the huge and valuable data stock of public bodies available for reuse”, to promote the development of innovative solutions such as mobility apps, to increase transparency by opening up access to publicly funded research data and supporting new technologies, including artificial intelligence, the commission said in a statement.

The EU Member States had to transpose the provisions of the Directive into national law and notify the Commission of implementing measures by July 17, 2021, but the 19 Member States had not provided full information on their progress towards this goal.

Member States now have two months to respond to the Commission’s letters of formal notice and to take the necessary action. If this is not the case, the Commission may decide to issue reasoned opinions, the second stage of the infringement procedure.

In a separate statement, the Commission announced that it had adopted its first opinion on the basis of a new procedure introduced by the Mutual Recognition Regulation to improve the application of mutual recognition rules to the sale of To facilitate products within the EU, especially of goods that are not subject to EU-wide harmonization and are lawfully distributed in a member state.

This first opinion concerns a Greek company that had difficulties selling its product on the Bulgarian market after the Bulgarian authorities rejected the company’s application to sell food supplements in Bulgaria, despite the fact that these food supplements are lawfully marketed in Greece.

The Commission considers that the Bulgarian authorities have not correctly applied the principle of mutual recognition, the statement said. It said the mechanism would help create best practices in the application of mutual recognition but did not provide any further information on whether Bulgaria had received specific application guidelines in the case of the Greek company.

(Berlaymont building, seat of the European Commission. Photo: JLogan)

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