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Data economy

During its Presidency of the Council of the EU, Finland aims to boost the growth of the data economy and the utilisation of artificial intelligence as part of developing the European single market. The data economy should be driven by the consumer, in other words by the user.

Finland will organise a high-level conference on the data economy during its Presidency. With a view to defining the principles of a sustainable, competitive and human-centric data economy, the conference will gather different views extensively on the data economy. Chairing the conference, Finland will publish the conclusions on common European principles for the data economy. The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council will discuss the core questions of a human-centric and competitive data economy from a political perspective.

Data economy under discussion in many events

The utilisation of data and the opportunities offered by digitalisation in transport will also be highlighted in other events organised during the Presidency. These include the Digital Transport Days and a high-level conference on air space management, the Single European Sky conference, for example.

As the chair of the Working Group on Telecommunications and Information Society, Finland will promote the proposed regulation on data protection of electronic communications. 

Data enables better services

Promoting artificial intelligence and automation is one of the key measures in advancing EU competitiveness in the global data economy.

Data enables services that are more user-friendly, affordable and ecological. In order to develop the data economy and automation, we need to increase access to data and improve the quality and interoperability of data. During the Presidency, we need to make the European data economy function better by opening up data to wider use and by increasing users’ and consumers’ rights to access and re-use their own data (MyData model). The EU regulation on the free flow of non-personal data and the General Data Protection Regulation provide a good basis for this, but we need to further promote measures to increase data utilisation. 

The Commission launched a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe in 2015. The strategy has been supplemented with several Commission communications covering different themes.

General background

A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe (2015)

Commission Communication: Building a European Data Economy (2017)

Commission Communication: Towards a common European data space (2018)

The Commission's proposal for a regulation concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)


Maria Rautavirta, Director of Unit, Data Business Unit, tel. +358 295 34 2564, [email protected]

Tuomas Kaivola, Ministerial Adviser, Data Business Unit, tel. +358 295 34 2366, [email protected]