The Commission wants to facilitate the use of European databases

The European Commission wants to regain control of the data to strengthen European digital sovereignty but also to be able to get more economic benefit. Commission Vice-President Margerthe Vestager believes her plan will provide legal clarity.

“This new regulation will therefore provide a governance framework that will ensure that data can be made available on a voluntary basis by its owners and will support common European data spaces. It will allow companies, large and small, to benefit from more access. easy access to data and reduction of both time and cost of access ”, explains the vice president.

With the new measures proposed by the Data Governance Law, it is estimated that the annual economic value of data exchange could increase by between 7 and 11 billion euros by 2028, according to the Commission’s calculations.

Nine accessible data spaces would be opened, in sectors such as industry, energy, health and climate change. The goal is to provide a regulated, European alternative to existing databases, such as those controlled by big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

Data privacy activists welcome the proposal but are concerned about the details. “We see a fundamental change in the way the European Union approaches the use of personal data and the use of data in general. The change moves from proposals that focused on the protection of this information, for example, the adoption of the General Regulation of data protection, which is the main European legislation on data protection, to these new proposals that are based on sharing information and creating a data economy “, said Estelle Masse, political advisor at Access Now.

The announcement anticipates another proposal that will be presented on December 9. In it, Brussels will detail the Digital Services Law to strengthen European sovereignty in this area. “So far we have a kind of intermediate position between China and the US. So far Europe is not well equipped. This will lead to a kind of strategy, which is what we need to survive in the digital age, since we are far behind.” believes the MEP of the European People’s Party Axel Voss.

Members of the European Parliament like Axel Voss will discuss the details of all these new proposals this winter. For them to come into force, both the MEPs and the national parliaments of the 27 will have to approve them.