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35 Proposals to make the European Data Strategy Work

Aiming to ensure that the European data strategy works for all of us, this publication proposes realistic steps for policymakers and companies to take in the coming years.

The new data strategy of the European Commission aims to make the EU a leader in a data-driven society. Creating a single market for data will allow it to flow freely within the EU and across sectors for the benefit of businesses, researchers and public administrations.

Combining the benefits of data-driven innovation with the interests of individuals, the ambitious data strategy has the potential to shape our lives and well-being far into the future. Aiming to ensure that the strategy works for all of us, this paper proposes realistic steps for policymakers and companies to take in the coming years.

Targeted at the EC, member states, industry, data sharing initiatives and research, the proposals approach the European data strategy through four main topics: managing the cross-sectoral use of data, creating a scalable infrastructure for viable data markets, activating individuals and businesses to share data, and developing data spaces.

INTRODUCTION

The European Commission has published an ambitious new data strategy that aims to allow the EU to take full advantage of data-driven innovation while prioritising the interests of individuals in accordance with Euro­pean values, fundamental rights, and rules. The strategy is commendable, but the challenge lies in its implementation. The way in which the strategy is realised will shape our everyday lives and well-being far into the future.

This paper proposes realistic steps for policymakers and companies alike to take in the coming years in order to make the vision outlined in the data strategy work for all of us. The proposals in this document are grouped according to the strategy chapter in the European data strategy. The proposals are targeted at specific actors: the European Commission, the Member States, Industry, Data Sharing initiatives and Research.

This publication is the result of a combination of a literature review and workshops. It also draws on previous work carried out by Sitra in this area. This publication was compiled by Sitra’s fair data economy project in collabora­tion with a New Governance initiative.

These proposals are only the beginning of a discus­sion that invites participants not only among digital policy experts, but from awide-range of stakeholders across society. We hope that they will inspire you and your organisation to consider how the European Commission data strategy could be put into place and to act on it.

Enjoy reading!

Jaana Sinipuro

Project Director, IHAN – Human-Driven Data Economy, Sitra

 

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