A European strategy for data

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EESC opinion: A European strategy for data

Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator: Maja RADMAN, Assistant: Vicentzia NEAGU
  3. Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting:  25 May 2020
  4. Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session:  10-11 June 2020

Gist of the Commission document

The EU can become a leading role model for a society empowered by data to make better decisions in business and the public sector. To fulfil this ambition, the EU can build on a strong legal framework – in terms of data protection, fundamental rights, safety and cyber- security – and its internal market with competitive companies of all sizes and varied industrial base. A large part of the data of the future will come from industrial and professional applications, areas of public interest or internet-of-things applications in everyday life, areas where the EU is strong. However, EU will have to improve its governance structures for handling data and to increase its pools of quality data available for use and re- use.

The Commission's Strategy for data outlines a strategy for policy measures and investments to enable the data economy for the coming five years. It aims to create a comprehensive approach to the data economy and to increase the use of, and demand for, data and data-enabled products and services throughout the Single Market.

The European data space will give businesses in the EU the possibility to build on the scale of the Single market. Common European rules and efficient enforcement mechanisms should ensure that: • data can flow within the EU and across sectors; • European rules and values, in particular personal data protection, consumer protection legislation and competition law, are fully respected; • the rules for access to and use of data are fair, practical and clear, and there are clear and trustworthy data governance mechanisms in place; • there is an open, but assertive approach to international data flows, based on European values.