The Database Directive, adopted in 1996, aims at encouraging the development of databases through appropriate legal protection and the use of data. The European Commission (EC) has launched a consultation to better understand how the Database Directive is used, to evaluate its impact on users and to identify possible needs of adjustment.

The public consultation is open from 24 May until 30 August 2017.

Once the EC has reviewed the submissions, it will decide on the next steps to take.

Find out more about this public consultation and how to participate here.