FEPS DataTalks, in cooperation with MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

In February 2022, the European Commission published its proposal for a Data Act. It aims to incentivise the sharing and usage of data, while also increasing fairness in the data value chain, and providing a European alternative to the data economy, typically marked by data monopolies and data hoarding. Moreover, it intends to create a more dynamic cloud computing market: the fundamental infrastructure underlying the digital transformation.


This proposal is the next step in the EU’s agenda to get the data economy right. And it comes on top of recent proposals to spur public sector data sharing and re-use, to facilitate the sharing of data among businesses, and to prevent lock-in for SMEs and citizens. But many questions remain, and they need to be resolved in the coming months as the Data Act is being discussed by the European Parliament and the Member States.

In the first policy breakfast meeting on 16 June, from 08:30 to 09:30, we will discuss data transfers from businesses to public authorities. Right now, the Data Act limits these transfers to exceptional situations, but is that framing appropriate for an economy in which data takes a central role and where the achievement of many goals in the general interest rely on its general availability?

Francesca Bria, the President of the Italian National Innovation Fund and former CTO of Barcelona, will kick off the discussion. Based on her experience at the municipality of Barcelona, she will reflect on the data public authorities need to guarantee the democratic and effective management of public spaces and services, and what this means for data governance arrangements. Afterwards, the discussion will open up to participants, structured around key thematic questions.

Participants will receive a background document with more detailed information and thematic questions closer to the date of the event.

For online participation, please register here. To participate in person at the FEPS office in Brussels, please contact Justin Nogarede at



Thursday, 16 June 2022 - Thursday, 30 June 2022