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Ukrainian legislation on open data is more progressive than the European one

BRDO experts prepared an analytical report “On the compliance of Ukrainian legislation with European legislation on open data” as part of the TAPAS project / Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services.

The conclusions are very encouraging: Ukrainian legislation on open data has proven to be very progressive while being in line with the best EU practices. In many respects, the requirements of the Law of Ukraine “On Access to Public Information” are more comprehensive than the EU Directive requirements.

For example, the Directive only recommends the principle of “open by design and by default”, and in Ukraine, the principle of openness by default is already mandatory in accordance with the relevant Law of Ukraine. We also have more favorable laws on charging for data, extending requirements to private companies and so on.

However, there are a number of aspects, in which Ukraine should take advantage of EU practices, in particular:

  • Priority datasets (with free API access);
  • Dynamic data (online sensor data);
  • Government funded research data;
  • Preventing exclusive access to information.

In addition, there is still a huge problem with the law enforcement, which affects the practical status of open data cases. BRDO experts are working to create effective mechanisms for implementing open data principles. Follow the news on our website!

The report can be found here.