Information Session: The EU Data Act

On July 26, Servizzi Ewropej f’Malta (SEM), the Ministry for the Economy, European Funds and Lands, and the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) organised an online information session on the proposed Data Act Regulation.

This information session was targeted towards stakeholders from different sectors such as Fintech, aftersales service providers, and insurance providers among others. Representatives from civil society such as consumer organisations and farmers cooperatives were also targeted.

The proposed Data Act aims to harmonise rules on fair access to and use of non-personal data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. This proposal will ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more accessible for all.

During this information session, Ms Bernardette Barbara, Senior Principal within the Ministry for the Economy, European Funds and Lands and Dr Judie Attard, Enterprise Data Manager from MITA explained the details of the Data Act and better defined the purposes of the proposed Regulation. Stakeholders in attendance were presented with several tangible examples of how this Regulation may impact their operations once it enters into force.

Following the presentation on the Data Act, stakeholders were invited to raise any concerns they may have and provide any feedback they had regarding the proposed Regulation.

The outcome of feedback gathered from the stakeholders will now feed into the preparations for the national position on the text of the proposed Regulation, which will be discussed at EU Council level.

Interested stakeholders, who were not present for this information session and would like to provide their feedback on the Data Act are invited to do so by contacting SEM on by no later than August 31, 2022.