Originally Posted by Elfwreck
Woo-hoo! More online archives of "it's legal in THIS region but not THAT one; please don't download if it's not legal in your area."
Once a work is declared orphan in the EU country it was first published, it gains that status throughout the EU, so each EU archive could be legally accessed by any EU citizen.
That was the reason for having an EU directive, rather than having individual countries approach the problem themselves. (As France was doing)