Data governance

The European Parliament passed the Data Governance Act

Recent development

On April 6, 2022, the European Parliament adopted the Data Governance Act (DGA). As part of the European data strategy, the DGA will become law after its adoption by the Council of the EU. The DGA project is available online here.

What does the DGA cover?

The DGA aims to enable the re-use and sharing of data such as trade secrets, personal data or intellectual property rights between EU sectors and countries, building trust between data intermediaries and ensuring security of rights.

Given the impact of data processing on the development and delivery of innovative products and services, the DGA is an important legislative step in creating a data economy in the EU. With the implementation of the DGA, the use of data is expected to increase in the areas of AI, scientific research and the production of goods and services, which will also accelerate the digital transformation of the EU.

The DGA includes provisions that regulate data reuse, facilitate data altruism and introduce data intermediaries and the European Data Innovation Council. You can access our previous legal alert on the DGA project here.

Link between the DGA and the IT law

The EU previously published the Data Bill as part of the European Data Strategy. With the Data Law, the EU aims to promote the use of data by different actors and sectors while with the DGA, the EU facilitates data sharing to make data available in various fields. You can access our previous legal alert on the Data Bill here.


As part of EU legislative actions on data strategies in the EU, the DGA is now close to its final phase of implementation. With the implementation of the DGA, the re-use of public sector data between EU countries in different areas, including AI, health and manufacturing, is expected to increase and data sharing to be encouraged.

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