Data Governance Act

Briefing 12-02-2021

The Commission is proposing a European Data Governance Act as the first of a series of measures envisaged in the 2020 European Strategy for Data. This initial appraisal of the Commission’s impact assessment on the proposal finds that the impact assessment traces a clear intervention logic, connecting problems and their drivers with specific objectives and policy options. The IA process appears to provide a reliable assessment underpinned by a mix of reliable qualitative and quantitative data and analysis. It is felt however that the IA as a self-standing document does not do justice to the considerable data collection and analysis effort that seems to be behind it and a true idea of the substantial process undertaken can only be had if the IA is read in conjunction with the underlying support study.