European Commission publishes Data Act proposal

Today, the Commission has published the Data Act, proposing new rules on who can use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. The Data Act aims to ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more accessible for all. With this, the Commission seeks to foster new, innovative services and more competitive prices for aftermarket services and repairs of connected objects. This last horizontal building block of the Commission's data strategy will support the digital transformation, in line with the 2030 digital objectives.

As a result of its provisions on data access, use and interoperability, the Data Act will contribute to more data being available, also for and within the sectoral data spaces. At the same time with the proposal, the Commission has also published Staff working document on data spaces. This document, prepared in response to a request from the European Council, provides an overview of the common European data spaces.

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Following the Data Governance Act, the Data Act proposal is the second main legislative initiative resulting from the February 2020 European strategy for data, which aims to make the EU a leader in our data-driven society. It is also the last horizontal building block of the Commission's data strategy.

While the Data Governance Act, presented in November 2020 and agreed by co-legislators in November 2021, creates the processes and structures to facilitate data sharing by companies, individuals and the public sector, the Data Act clarifies who can create value from data and under which conditions.





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