Implementation of EU Database Directive

Subject: Implementation of EU Database Directive
From: Barbara Schleihagen (
Date: to 02 heinš† 1998 - 11:44:43 EEST

Dear list members,

The EU Directive on the legal protection of databases, adopted on 11 March
1996, was supposed to be implemented by the Member States by 1 January 1998.
Please find below for your information an overview of the implementation
dates in the different EU member states. Only 4 out of 15 met the deadline.

Austria: 1 January 1998
Belgium: not yet
Denmark: 1 July 1998
Finland: not yet (probably after summer break Parliament)
France: adopted by Parliament on 16 June 1998
Germany: 1 January 1998
Greece: not yet
Ireland: not yet (probably by July draft legislation ready)
Italy: not yet (probably Oct/Nov. 1998)
Luxembourg: not yet (waiting for approval Parliament)
Netherlands: not yet (only after summer Parliament will have first debate)
Portugal: not yet (will still take some months)
Spain: 1 April 1998
Sweden: 1 January 1998
United Kingdom: 1 January 1998

Kind regards,

Heidi Grootscholten
EU Policy Officer

Barbara Schleihagen, Director
Heidi Grootscholten, EU Policy Officer
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 06 08
Fax: +31-70-309 07 08

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