The European Parliament and Council have reached an agreement on a Data Governance Act (DGA). The overarching goal of the act is to establish a new European form of data governance that encourages exchange and innovation while also building trust.
The DGA includes guidelines that support and facilitate the reuse of data held by the public sector, including health data, and will create the European health data space.
The DGA additionally addresses the potential of artificial intelligence – and how this potential is tied to data sharing and interoperability – as well as creates a Data Innovation Board to provide input on data governance decisions.
The agreement on the text of the act is currently informal. Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee voted on 6 December 2021 to endorse it. The Parliamentary Plenary as well as the Council must still formally endorse the act. Once in place, the DGA should assist Avicenna members in conducting research and utilising data that is “for the common good.”
You can read the agreement's full version HERE