INSPIRE directive from European Union guarantees the right of the public to discover, and view, geospatial data (mainly maps) for free. That's good. However access to the geospatial data and the right to republish it are not free of cost under the current wording of this directive.
In the U.S. government geospatial data is completly free and this industry is 5 times bigger there than in Europe. Nowadays in Europe only few companies that can buy this data and because it is very expensive its use is strongly limited to few applications.
The European industry of geospatial services could be boosted with free access to geospatial data. You can sign the petition to change the INSPIRE directive.
More information about modifying the INSPIRE directive.
Why Geospatial data should be free.