On 22 December 2022, the European Commission’s DG CNECT adopted the long-awaited Implementing Act on a list of High-Value Datasets. This comes as an implementation decision following up the Directive on open data and the re-use of public sector information replaces and enhances the ‘PSI Directive’ (2003/98/EC). It foresees the adoption of an implementing act defining a list of specific high-value datasets held by public sector bodies and public undertakings, and to be made available for re-use for free, via Application Programming Interfaces, and in a machine-readable format.
The text has been adopted by the European Commission inter service college and is now just awaiting final formal publication. The version of the proposed Implementing Act together with its Annex and Impact Assessment can be seen here: Open data – availability of public datasets (europa.eu)
On company and company ownership information, the text of the Annex promotes access to datasets containing basic company identification items such as:
- Name of the company (full version; alternative names when applicable);
- Company status (such as when it is closed, struck off the register, wound up, dissolved (as well as the date of these events), economically active or inactive as defined in national law);
- Registration date;
- Registered office address;
- Legal form;
- Registration number;
- Member State where the company is registered;
- Activity/activities that are the object of the company, such as the NACE code.
Source: EC Publications