The 4th Annual European Data Economy Conference will take place ONLINE on 9 November 2022 and gather policymakers, industry players, national authorities representatives as well as civil society experts to discuss the extent to which The Data Act, The Data Governance Act & rules to create Common Data Spaces, along with the development of innovative business services and solutions to address the underutilisation of data at EU level, will unlock the creation of new business models.

Highlighting the possibilities and the existing constraints of data sharing through concrete use cases, it will discuss what more is needed at both regulatory and practical levels to meet the data governance and sovereignty requirements necessary to stimulate a thriving, fair and competitive single market for data that is developed with European values at its heart, while supporting the digital transformation of Europe in line with the 2030 Digital Decade ambitions.

Confirmed Speakers

Petr Ocko

Petr Očko

Deputy Minister for Industry

Ministry for Industry and Trade

Czech Republic

Pilar del Castillo Vera

Pilar del Castillo Vera

Member of Parliament

Rapporteur for the Data Act

European Parliament


Pierre Chastanet

Pierre Chastanet

Head of Unit

Cloud & Software


European Commission


Federico Milani

Deputy Head of Unit

Data Policy and Innovation


European Commission

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David Vanozzi



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Szymon Lewandowski

Policy Officer


European Commission

Mauro Capo 240

Mauro Capo

Managing Director in Accenture Technology Cloud First


Laura Eiro

Laura Eiro

Director General

Data Department

Ministry of Transport and Communications


Thomas Boue

Thomas Boué

Director General

Policy — EMEA 

BSA | The Software Alliance


The Policy Framework

Data Sharing in Practice

Data Innovation and Computing Infrastructure

Data Sovereignty
and Global Cooperation


If you are interested in speaking, sponsorship and visibility opportunities, please contact Luke Pearson at / +44 (0) 2920 780 078.

Note: All timings are in Central European Time (CET).

The 4th Annual European Data Economy Conference
09:00 - 09:30
Keynote Speeches
Session 1: Unleashing the untapped potential of data – Is the policy framework for data sharing fit for purpose?

With the release of the Data Governance Act and the Data Act as part of its broader Data Strategy, the European Commission aims to fully leverage the power of data, strengthen the Digital Single Market and support the block’s competitiveness by creating a single market for data. Access to and sharing of data is becoming increasingly vital to address socio-economic challenges, and crucial for the functioning of key emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence. A framework that facilitates the availability, capture, use and re-use of the data generated by EU individuals and businesses in Europe is therefore necessary to support a trust-driven data ecosystem.

This session will discuss the extent to which the proposed regulatory framework around data in Europe is enough to develop a culture of data sharing, foster data-driven innovation and create a functioning European data market for the benefits of individuals, businesses, and public administrations. Core themes for discussion will revolve around the creation of synergies between business and policy models governing concepts such as data availability, interoperability, trust, security and liability.

It will also explore:

    How the proposed provisions will concretely enhance access to and sharing of high-quality data, as well as data integrity

    The extent to which the creation of Data Intermediaries will foster trust between different actors of the European data economy, whether the data is generated by businesses (raising competition questions) or individuals (raising personal data protection issues)

    How the proposed framework for data will support the EU’s Artificial Intelligence objectives, and the bloc’s strategic autonomy goals

    What is needed to future-proof the framework to future data sources and technologies

    Whether the rules for access and use of data are fair and clear enough in order to create a functioning and competitive data market – including the need for the new rules to interact with and complement the provisions of other EU digital regulatory measures on data protection, competition and antitrust

    The interoperability requirements cross and within sectors and whether more standardisation activities around data access (on data formats, APIs, etc..) are needed

    The relation between primary and secondary uses of data, especially in the context of the creation of Health Data Spaces

    What more is needed to create a stable environment for investment for data-driven innovation

10:45 - 10:50
Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:15
Session 2: Unleashing data innovation through powerful computing infrastructure

The collection and analysis of huge amounts of data being constantly generated from multiple sources requires the deployment of highly powerful computing resources and storage capacity. In order to achieve the goals laid out in the Commission’s European Data Strategy and for the deployment of Common European Data Spaces to be a success, it is crucial that the new ‘data economy infrastructure’ fully supports data portability and data sharing. This session will focus on the role that HPC, Quantum, Edge and Cloud Computing as well as the development of federated cloud infrastructures will play in responding to the growing needs of the data ecosystem, becoming the real backbone of the EU’s data economy.


It will also discuss:

  • The extent to which the success of the EU Data and AI strategies will depend on a solid computing infrastructure ecosystem
  • How the need for dedicated digital infrastructure to exchange data within specific sectors can be addressed
  • The extent to which ‘Cloud Switching’ will strengthen the cloud market in Europe, and how this can work in practice.
  • How the provisions of the Cloud Rulebook for cloud services, and the European cloud services marketplace will support the EU’s digital transformation objectives
  • The role that a federated cloud infrastructure will play in the development of common European data spaces
  • What is being done to ensure infrastructure investment is well coordinated across Europe?
  • How important the infrastructure for high-speed connectivity is in order to meet the requirements of data-intensive innovations and real-time response.
12:15 - 12:45
Lunch Break
12:45 - 13:00
Presentation “In practice – Data sharing for the delivery of better products, services and new business models”
13:00 - 14:15
Session 3: Data sovereignty requirements in a borderless digital space

As data sovereignty requires that the data stored in a specific location falls under the jurisdiction of that country or region, legal requirements regarding data security, privacy, and breach notification could differ, depending on where the data is created and hosted. Data stored in cloud computing services, for example, may be under the jurisdiction of more than one country’s laws, posing major operational challenges. This session will explore how organisations can best manage data sovereignty and localisation requirements without impeding the free flow of data.


It will cover:

  • What specific measures, as well as infrastructure and architecture systems, need to be taken into account to respect data sovereignty requirements
  • The extent to which data sovereignty interacts with principles such as openness, protection, transparency, security, and portability
  • How organisations can operate and exchange data cross-border while adhering to data sovereignty requirements and the opportunity and challenges linked to this.
  • How organisation can best navigate the numerous local stipulations for data security that exist worldwide when respecting data sovereignty
  • How encryption helps maintaining data sovereignty requirements and the extent to which this allows cloud partnerships to be created
  • The additional investments necessary at member state level to support data sovereignty
  • How the compatibility of the overall European data framework with other international and regional data governance systems be ensured
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Sponsorship Opportunities

To discuss sponsorship and visibility opportunities at the 4th Annual European Data Economy Conference, please contact Luke Pearson on / +44 (0) 2920 783 078.

Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion, either in person or remotely.

Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decision makers, businesses and policymakers.

EU and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience.

Networking opportunities | Networking opportunities will be available to all in person attendees throughout the day. Both in person and virtual attendees will be able to connect using our virtual event platform’s networking feature. Virtual private meeting rooms can also be booked.

Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding in the room, on the event website, virtual platform, and marketing activities.

Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience at both onsite & digital exhibition booths.

Event Venue & Contact


This event will take place in central Brussels, Belgium.

Contact Us

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact:

Luke Pearson
Event Manager
Forum Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 078