Thu. May 26th, 2022

Strasbourg, 4 April 2022

New plans to make more data accessible to start-ups and businesses to stimulate innovation will be up for a debate and a vote on Wednesday. A press conference will take place at 10.30.

When: Wednesday 06 April 2022, 10.30 (Press conference) 12.00 (plenary debate) 14.00 (Vote)

Where: European Parliament, Daphne Caruana Galizia press room, Strasbourg

You can follow via webstreaming the press conference, as well as the plenary debate and vote.

The Data Governance Act (DGA), already agreed by MEPs with EU governments, aims to boost data sharing and help unlock the potential of Artificial Intelligence. It establishes new EU rules on the neutrality of data marketplaces, facilitates the reuse of certain data held by the public sector – e.g. certain health, agricultural or environmental data – and creates common European data spaces in strategic domains, including health, environment, energy, agriculture, mobility, finance, manufacturing, public administration and skills.

Press conference

A press conference with rapporteur Angelika Niebler (EPP, DE) will take place ahead of the vote on Wednesday, 10.30 Daphne Caruana Galiza press conference room, European Parliament, Strasbourg, and via interactio. Journalists wishing to actively participate and ask questions, please connect via Interactio by using this link.

The press conference will also be webstreamed live and recorded on Parliament’s Multimedia Centre.

Information for the media – Use Interactio to ask questions

Interactio is only supported on iPad (with the Safari browser) and Mac/Windows (with the Google Chrome browser). When connecting, enter your name and the media you are representing in the first name / last name fields.

For better sound quality, use headphones and a microphone. Interpretation is only possible for interventions with video.

Journalists who have never used Interactio before are asked to connect 30 minutes before the start of the press conference to perform a connection test. IT assistance can be provided if necessary.

For more details, check the connection guidelines and recommendations for remote speakers.

Background

According to the European Commission, the amount of data generated by public bodies, businesses and citizens is expected to multiply five-fold between 2018 and 2025. The new rules would allow these data to be used, paving the way for sectoral European data spaces benefitting society, citizens and companies.

Updated COVID rules

Accredited journalists wishing to attend the meeting and press conference in person can do so. As of 14 March, some preventive measures have been lifted but all people entering Parliament’s buildings are still requested to present a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, including journalists. Both digital and paper formats of the EU Digital COVID Certificate or of a recognised equivalent certificate will be accepted. Proof of a negative result of a PCR test carried out within the last 48 hours in Belgium, Luxembourg or France will also be accepted. Please note that the compulsory wearing of a medical face mask remains in place.