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European Data Economy / VO

The European Commission's proposal of 13th September 2017 covers the free flow of data, the storage and other processing of non-personal electronic data in the EU. The free flow of non-personal data means unrestricted freedom of movement of data across borders and IT systems in the EU. It is a key element of the Digital Single Market.

It deals with the proven or potential blocks of free traffic and offers options to remove unjustified and disproportionate data sites in the EU. It also takes into account the barriers to access to and transmission of non-machine generated data, liability for data, and issues related to the transferability of non-personal data, interoperability and standards.

The data should be based on the principle that storage or other processing may not be restricted to the territory of a particular Member State (with the exception of: public security). At the same time, it is stipulated that, in the exercise of their sovereign functions, the authorities must have access to the necessary data, even if they are stored or processed in another Member State.

From the Austrian perspective, it is essential to ensure a clear demarcation from the scope of application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR). In addition, further justifications for localisation restrictions will be included. It is important that legal security for economy and citizens is achieved.

The advantages are:

  • Lower costs for data services and greater flexibility for the economy could increase the EU's GDP by up to 8 billion Euro a year
  • Easier cross-border business within the EU.
  • Competitive EU Single Market for secure, reliable and cost-effective cloud services
  • Easier access for SMEs and start-ups to new markets in other EU Member States
  • Savings potential of up to 55 percent for service providers. Lower prices for users of data storage and data processing services
  • Raising the potential of innovative data services in the EU