The talk sets out the role of the European Commission in the area of open data. The most important aspect is the EU directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI directive) which is currently being reviewed following a public consultation. Moreover, preparatory work is underway for the creation of a pan-European open data portal. This is put into perspective by explaining the links to other Digital Agenda policies, e.g. in the area of e-government, access to scientific information and e-infrastructures.