Access to public domain information

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Dear Eurostat (ESTAT),

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

Is there any EU regulation regarding to the accessibility of
public domain information? I mean so called re-use?

Basically, I need a list of postal codes from country YYY (or all participants of EU).

I was trying to ask some national post departments about this sort of information.

Is there any decree that describes they way of obtaining this sort of data (or other public domain data) from national organizations? For example polish GUS is obligated to share statistics data etc.

I believe that those are sort of public domain goods, so it shall be available for anyone with no cost. What is real state?

Thanks in advance.

PS. I did not contact anyone from EU yet. That is my first question regarding to this issue. This sort of problem (obtaining public domain data like all post codes per country) is very common (usually the unit demands money for that). If this question is sent to wrong EU unit, could you state the correct department so I can ask and get all information I need, please?

Yours faithfully,

Marcin Jurasz

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 20/12/2012.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 20/12/2012 under reference number GestDem 2012/5967 and attributed to EUROSTAT.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, your application will be handled within 15 working days.

The time limit will expire on 22/01/2013. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

We also inform you that a lot of information about postal codes around the world is available at :

Yours faithfully,

Carlos Remis
Berl. 05/329.

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Dear Mr Jurasz,

Thank you for your request.

Eurostat has a correspondence table between postal codes and regions, which you can find at the following link:

For a full list of postal codes including the names of the entities, we would advise you to contact the Universal Postal Union ( who hopefully will be able to help you further.

Kind regards,

Louise Corselli-Nordblad
Communication Unit Eurostat

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