Building the European Data Economy

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The concern over the pace at which society is changed by technology is real within the European Union and its institutions. Noting its most recent acceleration, it is the rapid integration of data-dependent devices and processes that require closer consideration from policymakers and other key actors. Whether it’s innovation in industry or consumer goods, data is now a central resource that can be found in all parts of the European citizens’ life. The renewed calls for action through the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and in conjunction with a variety of European Ministers and Members of Parliament, prescribe a serious case for improved legislation in security, confidentiality, and integration of data in Europe. This issue of the European Files unites the many experts and policymakers in this field that help project a vision of a Europe with a growing, positive, and secure Data Economy.

  • Developing Leading Digital Societies
    Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia
  • The Future of our Integrated Data Economy
    Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
  • Importance of Data Driven Society in Europe
    Brigitte Zypries, Minister for Economy and Energy, Germany
  • Protecting our personal data in a digital economy
    Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
  • Artificial intelligence will enable a smarter and cleaner Europe
    Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland
  • Maintaining sustainable employability in a digital European industry
    Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

  • Supporting Innovation in a Digital Economy Some clues from Spanish’s experience
    Carmen Vela, Spanish Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation
  • Placing Industry and SMEs at the core of the European Agenda
    Hon. Chris Cardona, MP–Maltese Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business
  • ePrivacy-An Outlook on a New Framework
    Marju Lauristin, MEP (S&D Group), Member of the LIBE Committee
  • Personal Privacy and Data Accessibility for European Citizens
    Axel Voss, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the JURI Committee
  • An Integrated Digital Economy for the Consumer
    Eva Maydell, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the IMCO Committee
  • Making data count to consumers
    Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General of BEUC
  • The right to informational self-determination: Keep it simple!
    Mathias Cellarius, SAP, Data Protection Officer, Head of Data Protection and Privacy
  • Clarifying rights of access and use of data to promote sustainable digital and data-driven solutions
    Laurent Auguste, Veolia, Senior Executive Vice President Development, Innovation & Markets
  • E-privacy regulation – an outlook on a new framework
    Diletta De Cicco, Legal consultant at Mayer Brown in Brussels
  • Charles-Albert Helleputte, Partner at Mayer Brown in Brussels

  • The New Data Economy in IoT/IIoT – Challenges and Opportunities
    Jean-Michel Brun, Chief Security Architect & IoT Security Director – Schneider Electric
  • Europe and the data economy:a great potential for industry
    Pilar del Castillo, Member of the ITRE Committee, Chair of European Internet Forum
  • Digitalisation of the energy sector: a key driver for a secure, sustainable and competitive energy system
    Dominique Ristori, Director-General DG Energy, European Commission
  • Digital transformation of the power system: sustainable, safe and competitive energy for all European citizens
    François Brottes, CEO of RTE
  • Rethinking a European Digital Economy
    Patrizia Toia, MEP (S&D Group), Vice-Chair of the ITRE committee
  • Putting urban transport into the third dimension, together
    Mathias Thomsen, General Manager Urban Air Mobility, Airbus
  • Industrie 4.0 in Practice – Value Proposition of the Asset Administration Shell
    Thomas Hahn, Chief Software Expert, Siemens AG, Corporate Technology
  • Building a data economy in Europe: the priorities of European electronics manufacturers
    Laith Altimime, President, SEMI Europe
  • A data economy distributing value added and welfare across industrial value chains –
    a trade union perspective

    Laurent Zibell, Policy Adviser, Industrial and Technology policy, industriAll European trade union
  • KETs and big data: a big opportunity for Europe
    Slawomir Tokarski, Director, Direct F, Innovation and
    Advanced Manufacturing, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Standardising the Rights of Robots and Artificial Intelligence
    Mady Delvaux, MEP (S&D), Vice-Chair of the JURI Committe, Rapporteur on
    Civil Law Rules on Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence: a real game-changer requiring focus on our own skills
    Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General of Digital Europe