Proposal for a Regulation on European data governance (Data Governance Act)

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Series Details COM (2020) 767
Publication Date 25/11/2020
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 25 November 2020, aimed at facilitating data sharing across the European Union (EU) and between sectors.

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The proposed instrument aims to foster the availability of data for use by increasing trust in data intermediaries and by strengthening data-sharing mechanisms across the EU. The aims to address the following situations:

  • Making public sector data available for re-use, in situations where such data is subject to rights of others;
  • Sharing of data among businesses, against remuneration in any form;
  • Allowing personal data to be used with the help of a personal data-sharing intermediary, designed to help individuals exercise their rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);
  • Allowing data use on altruistic grounds.

This is the first of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European Strategy for Data. It intends to offer an alternative European model to data handling practice of major tech platforms. The approach proposes a model based on the neutrality and transparency of data intermediaries.

The draft law was tabled by the European Commission on 25 November 2020. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach to the text on 1 October 2021.

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Wikipedia: Data Governance Act
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Bruegel: Opinion, 26/11/2020: A timid start for European Union data governance
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Federation of German Industries: News, 18/12/2020: Data Governance Act: first step by the EU Commission to strengthen European data ecosystems
Spanish Government: Aporta Initiative: Blog, 22/12/2020: Is the European proposal on data governance a step forward?
Orgalim: Position Papers, 29/01/2021: Digital Transformation: Orgalim comments on the Data Governance Act
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EPRS: Briefing, February 2021: Data Governance Act - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
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EuroCloud: News, 06/04/2021: Does the draft Data Governance Act signal a more economic approach to personal data in the EU?
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Oxford University: Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies: Blog, 05/05/2021: The proposed Data Governance Act— a New Age of Data Altruism?
Euronews: Global Conversation, 07/05/2021: Margrethe Vestager explains the EU's position in the global battle for data
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KU Leuven: CITIP Blog, 24/06/2021: The Data Governance Act : new rules for international transfers of non-personal data held by the public sector
KU Leuven: CiTiP Blog, 03/08/2021: CiTiP White Paper on the Data Governance Act
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EurActiv: Topics: Data Governance Act
EUObserver, 26/11/2020: EU unveils new data rules, including 'data-altruism' clause
EurActiv, 01/10/2021: EU countries green light new data governance framework

EUR-LEX: SWD(2020)295: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment Report
EUR-LEX: SWD(2020)296: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment Report
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on European data governance (Data Governance Act) (2020/0340(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Proposal for a Regulation on European Data Governance
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European Commission: Press Release, 25/11/2020: Commission proposes measures to boost data sharing and support European data spaces
European Commission: Regulation on data governance – Questions and Answers (25 November 2020)
European Commission: Speech by Executive Vice-President Vestager at the Press Conference on the Data Governance Act and the Action Plan on Intellectual Property (25 November 2020)
European Parliament: Press Release, 16/07/2021: Data governance: new rules to boost data sharing across the EU
S&D Group: Newsroom, 16/07/2021: S&Ds on Data Governance Act: “Monopolistic practices detrimental to citizens must be avoided”
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 01/10/2021: EU looks to make data sharing easier: Council agrees position on Data Governance Act

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