Free Flow of Data

The European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud aims to foster the development and deployment of next generation edge and cloud technologies.

The Alliance brings together businesses, Member States representatives and relevant experts. It will strengthen the position of EU industry on cloud and edge technologies. It aims to serve the needs of EU businesses and public administrations that process sensitive categories of data, and has the objective to increase Europe’s leadership position on industrial data.

The Data Governance Act is an important component of the European strategy for data, which aims to bolster the data economy. The aim is to set up robust mechanisms to facilitate the reuse of certain categories of protected public-sector data, increase trust in data intermediation services and foster data altruism across the EU.




The global data volume is growing very fast. Whereas cloud computing happens mostly in large data-centres today, by 2025 this trend will reverse: 80% of all data is expected to be processed in smart devices closer to the user, known as edge computing.

The availability of both edge and cloud computing is essential in a computing continuum to ensure that data is processed in the most efficient manner. Energy-efficient and trustworthy edge and cloud infrastructures will be fundamental for the sustainable use of edge and cloud computing technologies.

The European Commission published a study addresses the issue of growing energy consumption due to the expansion of cloud services in Europe.

The topic of energy-efficient cloud computing has become a priority on the EU political agenda and the European Digital Strategy sets the goal of achieving climate-neutral, highly energy-efficient and sustainable data centres by no later than 2030.

Bulgaria has joined the European initiative to create a next generation cloud for Europe. This secure and competitive cloud offering is essential to provide the trustworthy data processing infrastructure and services that public administrations, businesses and citizens require in Europe. In this milestone achievement, the signatory Member States agree to work together towards deploying resilient and competitive cloud infrastructure and services across Europe.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a European strategy for data. The results of this study will be included in possible Commission initiatives on data access and reuse in the coming months. Participation in the consultation is done by filling out a survey.

The working group on switching cloud providers and data porting ('SWIPO') presented the first copies of two data portability Codes of Conduct to the Council and the Commission, as foreseen in the Regulation on the Free Flow of non-personal Data.

The ‘SWIPO’ cloud stakeholder working group has finalised the development of two Codes of Conduct on data portability and cloud switching.

By Protocol of the Council of Ministers of 17 July 2019, the Minister of Transport, Information technology and Communications is designated for a National Single Information Point about Regulation (EU) 2018/1807 (FFD Regulation) — on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union.

Regulation (EU) 2018/1807 (FFD Regulation) — on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union of 14 November 2018  entered into force since December 2018 and applied since 28 May 2019. The aim of the Regulation is to achieve a more competitive and integrated EU market for data storage and processing services and activities.

The Regulation:

We are pleased to inform you that the second 2016 CEF Telecom call on Public Open Data has been launched. The deadline for submissions is 15 September 2016.

This call for proposals addresses projects for generating value through the re-use of public sector information.