EC refers Latvia to EU Court for non-compliance with open data rules

On February 15, the European Commission (EC) turned against Latvia in the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) for failing to incorporate the EU Open Data Directive into national law, according to an EC statement.

The EC also referred Belgium, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands to the EU Court. 

"While the deadline to transpose the Directive expired on 17 July 2021, the four Member States listed above still have not communicated all their national measures, despite the letters of formal notice sent to them by the Commission in September 2021, and the reasoned opinions sent to these Member States between April and June 2022. As guardian of the Treaties, the Commission has to watch over the full and correct transposition of EU law into national legislation, hence the decision today to refer them to the Court of Justice of the EU," said the statement.

The EU Open Data Directive was adopted in June 2019 to improve access and re-use of public sector data.

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