The EU’s Data Governance Act

Introduction
The success of Europe’s digital transformation over the next five years will depend on establishing effective frameworks to ensure trustworthy technologies, and to give businesses the confidence and means to digitise.

To this effect, and as part of the European Data Strategy, the European Commission has published a proposal for a regulation on Data Governance aimed at facilitating data sharing across sectors and Member States, increasing trust in data sharing, strengthening mechanisms to increase the availability of data, and overcome technical obstacles to the reuse of data.

Below you can find a brief on the proposed regulation.

You may wish to provide your views and/or concerns to the Ministry for the Economy and Industry to be taken into consideration during the ongoing discussions before the proposal is adopted by the EU institutions.

You may send your views by Monday, 15 March 2021 to Ms Bernardette Barbara, Ministry for the Economy and Industry on bernardette.a.barbara@gov.mt.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Data Governance (Data Governance Act) – COM (2020) 767

The European Commission launched the Proposed Regulation on the Data Governance Act (DGA) on November 25, 2020. The aim of this proposal (which is now being reviewed by both the EU Council and Parliament) is to boost data sharing across sectors and Member States by increasing trust in data sharing, setting up and strengthening structures and mechanisms to increase data availability as well as overcoming technical obstacles to the reuse of such data.

Through this regulation, the Commission aims at setting up and developing common European data spaces involving both private and public players, in different areas such as health, environment, energy, agriculture, mobility, finance, manufacturing, public administration and skills.

This new European system of data governance being proposed is in line with EU values and principles, such as personal data protection (GDPR), consumer protection and competition rules.

The proposed Regulation lays down:

  • The conditions for the re-use of certain data held by public sector bodies, such as the reuse of health data for advanced research to find cures for rare or chronic diseases.
  • A notification and supervisory framework for the provision of data sharing services, to increase trust in data sharing.
  • A framework for voluntary registration of entities which collect, and process data made available for altruistic purposes. In this way companies and individuals would find it safer and easier to make their data available to serve for a common good.

General information can be found here.

The Proposal for a Regulation can be accessed from here:
COM (2020) 767 – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Data Governance (Data Governance Act).

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