THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
- welcomes the proposal as it seeks to allow the free flow of non-personal data between businesses, from the private sector to public authorities, from authorities to businesses and between authorities. The proposal is seen as an important trust-building measure between private companies and authorities for the processing of data, and sets out clear provisions on contractual agreements for data sharing and compensation for the use of data.
- data sharing is important for effective enforcement at national and sub-national level, and the Committee points out that data access is a key issue, especially for local and regional authorities;
- suggests that, in addition to the legal obligations on data sharing laid down in the proposed Regulation, data holders should be encouraged using "soft measures", such as financial incentives and platforms for the exchange of best practices;
- stresses that the use of data is in the public interest in order to respond to emergencies, to investigate and prevent developments that could lead to such emergencies and to increase resilience to future crises;
- stresses the importance of the possibility provided for in the proposal to oblige companies to share data in response to an information request from public authorities, in the event of a public emergency, exceptional need or recovery from such a situation;
- believes that data provided in response to an emergency should be readable for public sector bodies and EU institutions, agencies or bodies through common tools, without the need for further investment;
- points out that data interoperability and data quality are crucial and therefore welcomes the development of appropriate organisational approaches and structures.