The Council of European Union Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Ministers has held its 3171st meeting.
At the session, taking place in Luxembourg on 7 and 8 June 2012, ministers discussed the proposal put by the European Commission (EC) to revise Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information (PSI). Ministers focused their interventions in particular on the following two questions prepared by the presidency: how the single market and the growth agenda could best be stimulated by the PSI directive and how the amended directive could encourage a balanced approach to ensuring lower costs for businesses accessing re-usable data while at the same time, accommodating the need for public authorities to cover their expenses.
The Council also debated a draft regulation on guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks, with discussions focused on the criteria to be used for selection of broadband deployment projects and on the types of European cross-border digital services infrastructures that could be supported.
Turning to the postal sector, the Council adopted conclusions on the participation of the European Union in the Universal Postal Union (UPU), requesting that the EU be granted formal observer status at the 25th UPU Congress, due to take place from 24 September to 15 October 2012 in Doha, Qatar.
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