LAPSI – The European Thematic Network about the Legal Aspects of PSI

Executive summary

LAPSI (Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information) was a European Commission-funded project on PSI. The activities of the project formally started in the 1st quarter of 2010; the project lasted 30 months, ending in September 2012. In the closing phase, the network outputs (policy recommendations, conceptual frameworks and papers) were publicly discussed and its deliverables (mid-term and final reports) were submitted. The LAPSI final review meeting took place in November in Luxembourg.


Information generated and collected by public sector entities represents a veritable minefield and various studies suggest that it might make a much greater contribution to EU economies and societies, if current legal barriers to access and reuse were removed. In this context, the European Commission opened a call for proposals for a thematic network devoted to the policy support and consensus building activities, which could help removing such barriers.