COLLEGE MEETING: Boosting innovation in the Digital Single Market: freeing up data to power artificial intelligence for Europe

Today the European Commission presents a series of new initiatives to complete the Digital Single Market and turn data from different countries, sectors and disciplines into a major source of innovation and growth.

They include a European approach on artificial intelligence (AI) to put this technology at the service of European citizens and boost Europe’s competitiveness, while guaranteeing highest European standards for personal data protection. The Commission proposes a three-pronged approach to increase public and private investments, prepare for socio-economic changes, and ensure an appropriate ethical and legal framework. More information on the Commission’s approach on AI is available in the press release, Q&A and factsheet. At the same time, the Commission proposes to boost the data economy and encourage healthcare data sharing in Europe. The goal is to allow better use of public sector data, by making it more accessible for researchers and SMEs so that they can create new innovative services. With today’s proposals, citizens will be able to access and manage their health data more easily. Further details are available in the press release, in two memos on data and eHealth as well as in a factsheet. You can follow the press conference of Vice-President Andrus Ansip, Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Carlos Moedas and Mariya Gabriel live on EbS. More information on the Digital Single Market is available here.