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Data Policy & Innovation (Unit G.1)

Data Policy & Innovation (Unit G.1)

EU Open Data Days - Shaping our future with open data

Data will play a key role in our future. Sometimes called ‘the new oil’, they form a basis for research and innovation and for the development of new products, services and powerful technologies. Innovations arising from open data will improve our lives and boost economic growth.

Public consultation on the Data Act

The objective of the Data Act is to propose measures to create a fair data economy by ensuring access to and use of data, including in business-to-business and business-to-government situations. The initiative would not alter data protection legislation and would seek to preserve incentives in data generation. Under this initiative, a review of Directive 96/9/EC on the legal protection of databases is also planned in order to ensure continued relevance for the data economy. This questionnaire aims at consulting all types of stakeholders, including citizens and businesses, about the different measures being explored in preparing the Data Act.

Digitranscope project key findings

The final report of the Digitranscope project examines the role of governments and the EU in distributing the value generated from data more equitably in society. The report highlights the need for the EU and its Member States to intensify and accelerate the development of a European way of governing digitization.

Curbing COVID-19 unemployment rates: helping people with stress and depression get back to work faster

The EU funded NYMPH-MD pre-commercial procurement helped the Danish start-up to bring to the market a mobile ehealth solution that supports mental care providers in the treatment of stress, depressions and bipolar disorders. Since this project, the company increased revenues, doubled its workforce, had a very successful IPO on NASDAQ First North Copenhagen and struck a deal with a major pharma company. Monsenso’s mHealth solution is also used in the efforts made towards curbing increased COVID-19 unemployment rates by helping people with stress and depression in getting back to work faster.

Building a data economy - Brochure

The smart use of data can have a transformative effect on all sectors of the economy and can create new opportunities for economic growth, including for small and medium-sized enterprises. From medical care to environment, optimal use of data can also help us address many societal challenges.

How migration data is being used to boost economies

Migration is one of the most challenging issues confronting policymakers around the world - and the data they use to help make key decisions is often difficult to analyse. Those at the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography, run by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra in Italy, are trying to make it easier by producing in-depth data that harnesses and connects new data sources.

EU Cohesion policy: Commission and EBRD promote innovative use of data in public procurement involving EU funds

The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Open Contracting Partnership are joining forces to improve the quality and transparency of public tenders co-funded by EU funds in Greece and Poland. Thanks to their support, two pilot projects will provide expertise and hands-on support to public authorities in both countries, with a focus on digital innovation.

Data Governance Act

Setting up a new European way of data governance will facilitate data sharing across sectors and Member States. It will create wealth for society, and provide control to citizens and trust to companies.

Commission and Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU underline importance of the European Health Data Space

At the virtual High-Level Conference "Digital Health 2020 - EU on the Move", the Commission and Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU announced their intention to work closely together on a secure and patient-oriented use of health data for Europe, and EU-wide collaboration in this area, through a European Health Data Space for better healthcare, better research and better health policy making.

European Big Data Value Forum

With a central theme “Towards a strong European Data and AI Ecosystem”, the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) 2020 edition will bring together the German and European communities on Artificial Intelligence and Data.

The European data market study update

The study provides facts and figures and a series of quantitative stories on data-driven innovation to underpin a range of targeted policy measures addressing the EU data economy. With the help of the study results, it has become easier to get a factual assessment of the huge socio-economic potential linked to the common European data space.

European Data Market Study 2021-2023

The European Commission has launched a call for tenders to continue offering a meaningful and comprehensive understanding of the main characteristics of the EU data economy.