Ursula von der Leyen: “Today we present our ambition to shape Europe’s digital future. It covers everything from cyber security to critical infrastructure, from digital education to skills, from democracy to media. I want digital Europe to reflect the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and secure.


“Our society is generating a huge wave of industrial and public data, which will transform the way we produce, consume and live.


“I want European companies and our many SMEs to access this data and create value for Europeans, including by developing Artificial Intelligence applications. Europe has everything it needs to lead the big data’ race and preserve its technological sovereignty, industrial leadership and economic competitiveness for the benefit of European consumers”.


Over the next five years, the Commission will focus on three key objectives in the digital field: technology that works for people; a fair and competitive economy; and an open, democratic and sustainable society.


European data strategy:


The aim of the European data strategy is to ensure that the EU becomes a role model and leader for a data-driven society. To this end, it aims to create a true European data space, a single data market, to unlock unused data, allowing it to flow freely within the European Union and across sectors for the benefit of businesses, researchers and public administrations. Citizens, businesses and organisations should be empowered to make better decisions based on knowledge gained from non-personal data. Such data should be available to all, whether public or private, to start-ups or large companies.


To achieve this, the Commission will first propose to establish the appropriate regulatory framework for the management, access and re-use of data between companies, between companies and government, and within administrations. This means creating incentives to share data, establishing practical, fair and clear rules on access and use of data, which comply with European values and rights, such as personal data protection, consumer protection and competition rules. It also means making public sector data more available, opening up high-value datasets across the EU and allowing their reuse for innovation above all.

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