EESC says Commission's proposal on free flow of non-personal data in the EU lacks ambition

The European Commission's proposal is overdue, and lacks ambition, consistency, and convincing mechanisms for its effective implementation.

In its opinion on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU, drafted by Jorge Pegado Liz and adopted at the February plenary session, the EESC takes a stand against the approach adopted by the European Commission.

The Committee points out that a legislative initiative in the field of the free flow of non-personal data is essential in order to achieve the objectives of the Digital Agenda and complete the Digital Single Market.

However, the EESC is of the view that the Commission does not really address the three most important objectives, and it therefore cannot endorse the current text. "This proposal will not contribute towards achieving the basic objectives", noted Mr Pegado Liz. "It needs to be part of a more global approach; it must be the first step in the future development of a more ambitious way of genuinely securing free movement of non-personal data in the European Union's digital market."

  • Data localisation requirements

Objective 1: Improve the cross-border mobility of non-personal data in the single market.

  • Data availability for competent authorities

Objective 2: Ensure that the powers of competent authorities to request and receive access to data for regulatory control purposes, such as for inspection and audit, remain unaffected.

  • Data porting for professional users

Objective 3: Make it easier for professional users of data storage or other processing services to switch service providers and to port data. (mp)

In the photo: Jorge Pegado Liz, EESC rapporteur of the opinion on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU