Free movement of data in the EU

20 February 2017 Author: EIFonline

On 8 February, EIF and EIF Chair Pilar del Castillo MEP hosted a debate to discuss the best approach to enable data flows within EU in order to future-proof the EU Digital Single Market.

In her opening remarks, Ms del Castillo stressed the new opportunities presented by the growth of the data economy and the importance of what needs to be done to realize its full potential for Europe. 

Krzysztof Szubert, Plenipotentiary Minister of Digital Affairs for International Affairs (Poland), likewise addressed the importance of the free flow of data for the creation of the Digital Single Market, and cited as one of the biggest challenges striking the right balance between data flows and data privacy.

Pearse O'Donohue, acting Director for Future Networks at DG CONNECT, presented the European Commission’s view on the free data flow in the EU and noted the current public consultation on the Commission’s Communication and working document on the European data economy

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), spoke about the economic consequences of failing to ensure the free data movement in Europe.

Archie Ravishankar, CEO of Cogni, presented the view of the start-up community.

Dr. Klaus Mittelbach, CEO of ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association), spoke on behalf of the manufacturing industry on the importance of the free movement of data.

In this #EIFAsks video, representatives of the European Commission, two Member States and the start-up community share their views on the new Commission communication and what needs to be done to enable the data economy in Europe

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