Following the launch of the European Commission’s Open Data Strategy on 12 December, the EC has published its decision on the reuse of Commission documents in the Official Journal of the European Union. According to the decision, it:

determines the conditions for the reuse of documents  held by the Commission or on its behalf by the Publications Office of the European Union (the  Publications Office) with the aim of facilitating a wider reuse of information, enhancing the image of openness of the Commission, and avoiding unnecessary administrative burdens for reusers and the Commission services alike.

Article 6, headed ‘Conditions for reuse of documents’, provides that:

Documents shall be made available for reuse without application unless otherwise specified and without restrictions or, where appropriate, an open licence or disclaimer setting out conditions explaining the rights of reusers.