Here it is! The official EU Directive on GeoSpatial Information and Data - INSPIRE - the EU GeoData Portal and it is a big deal! This will direct EU member states on the management and dissemination of their public GeoData resources. I look forward to reading it and hearing opinions.
I do not believe Canada has such a directive or process (but i will look into it). The US has a directive process see (OMB Circular no.A-16 Revised and Executive Order 12906: Coordinating Geographic Data Access).