Vote in Envi 060321

On Tuesday 21 March, the ENVI committee of the European Parliament voted on the amendments tabled by committee members on the Inspire directive. The dangerous amendment 41 on “intellectual property” has been rejected, while all the amendments of the Rapporter has been adopted.

Contents

  1. What does this mean for Public Geodata?
  2. Vote results
  3. Audio recording of the session

What does this mean for Public Geodata?

This is a positive direction for us. The ENVI Committee voted to approve all the amendments that the voting list / analysis appendix to the Open Letter urged them to approve. The Parliament’s stance now looks a lot more like the Commission’s original draft (see InspireTimeline). This stance restores the right of the public at least to view, if not to download, state-collected geodata.

There will undoubtedly now be lots of behind the scenes bargaining between the Parliament and the Council in which the Council will push to get its changes to the INSPIRE draft back into the process. Thus we should now focus on communicating with our national governments to help them understand the benefits of freer access to public geodata and to ensure they take a better line on this in the coming months, before the final Vote in Plenary of the European Parliament which is projected for June 13th. Contact Your Minister to ask about their stance on public access to geodata, and let us know how they respond.

Vote results

Am

y\n

Comments

 

9

y

 

10

y

 

41

n

krupal am ?

 

11

y

 

12

y

 

42

n

schuyler am ?

 

13

y

 

14-16

y

 

17-18

y

 

19-20

y

 

21

y

 

22-25

y

 

26

y

 

27

y

 

28-31

y

 

32-35

y

 

43

y

hassi am

 

1

y

Start of Recitals

 

2

y

 

3

y

 

4

y

 

5-8

y

Final Vote: 45-1 in favour of the proposal.