The new regulation aims to foster a secure environment for the reuse of public-sector data.

This week negotiators from the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a new law to promote the availability of data. The new regulation aims to “build a trustworthy environment” to facilitate data reuse for research and development. The purpose, according to the Council, is to foster the creation of innovative new services and products.

The Data Governance Act (DGA) will set up mechanisms to facilitate the reuse of certain categories of protected public-sector data. The goal is to increase trust in data intermediation services and foster “data altruism” across the EU.

It is an important component of the European strategy for data. The strategy aims to bolster the data economy and increase wealth and well-being. The goal is to give Europe a competitive advantage to the benefit of its citizens and businesses.

Seeking “data-powered innovations” to recover from the COVID pandemic

Boštjan Koritnik, Slovenian Minister for Public Administration, and President of the Council, issued a statement. “The Data Governance Act is a major milestone that will boost the data-driven economy in Europe in the years to come. By enabling control and creating trust, it will help unlock the potential of vast amounts of data generated by businesses and individuals,” he said.

“This is indispensable for the development of artificial intelligence applications and critical for the EU’s global competitiveness in this area.”

“Data-powered innovations will help us address a range of societal challenges and drive economic growth, which is so important for the post-COVID recovery.”

The Data Governance Act will create a mechanism to enable the safe reuse of certain categories of public-sector data. This includes trade secrets, personal data and data protected by intellectual property rights.

A new structure, the European Data Innovation Board, will be created under the DGA. This group will advise and assist the Commission in enhancing the interoperability of data intermediation services. It will also issue guidelines on how to facilitate the development of data spaces, among other tasks.

The Commission will set up a European single access point with a searchable electronic register of public-sector data. This register will be available via national single information points.