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National Laws 65% open


What data is expected?

This data category requires all national laws and statutes to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available.

  • Content of the law / status
  • Date of last amendment
  • Amendments to the law (if applicable)

How open is the data?

The data is available through the Ministry of Justice portal, Laws are searchable by department and domain, where content and amendments are available, in addition to supplementary information, such as signatures. The original review was amended: laws are not copyrightable in Belgium and are therefore considered to be in the public domain. Thank you Alyssa Beaton, Bart Hannsens, Lucia Decuyper and Michael Robert Beatty for contributing to the Global Open Data Index.

Data location - Ministry of Justice
Data licence   Dutch version: French version: Art. XI.172 § 2 states "Er bestaat geen auteursrecht op officiële akten van de overheid." which translates to "there is no copyright on official acts of the public authorities"
Data format   Unknown
Reviewer   Danny Lämmerhirt
Submitters   Danny Lämmerhirt
Last modified   Tue May 16 2017 13:17:48 GMT+0000 (UTC)



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