On February 22, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU unveiled its first draft paper on the EU Data Governance Act, proposal which is currently also debated in the European Parliament. The EU Data Governance Act aims at fostering better data sharing in the EU, creating a new data intermediary status and incentivising data sharing of all forms, B2B (Business to Business); G2B (Government to Business) and B2G (Business to Governments).
In the Council draft paper, a bigger focus is put on the costs recovery mechanisms that public sector bodies would be able to trigger to recover costs from making public data accessible for re-use through various licenses. The text details inter alia costs linked to reproduction, anonymisation, secure network or pseudonymisation costs, with amendments made to article 6-4 of the draft proposal.
Furthermore, the Council is also proposing an amendment to article 8-1 on Single Information Point to clarify that for the purposes of a single information point Member States are free to either establish a new structure or rely on an existing one, including, where possible, automated facilities.
The Council also wishes to put in place a mandatory EU Consent Form for data sharing under “data altruism”, a new concept put in place by the Data Governance Act.
On data sharing intermediaries, the presidency text is proposing that data intermediaries must take all necessary measures to ensure interoperability of their data sharing services. The text will be discussed with other Member States Delegations at the next Council Working Group meeting on 25 February.