European Commission Vice President, Andrus Ansip, has called for an end to forced data localisation within the EU’s Single Market. This new proposal, expected on 30 November, will ask EU Member States to not enact unjustified data localisation requirements. But how will this proposal impact Europe’s environment, security, privacy, consumers and businesses? Danielle Jacobs, General Manager of BELTUG, & Christian Borggreen, Director of CCIA Europe, addressed this issue in a guest blog on the Blogactiv platform dedicated to European affairs.
The blog looks at whether and how the proposal will boost the EU’s Single Market, reduce IT costs for consumers, enable European SMEs to go cross-border, benefit the environment and reinforce the EU’s data protection regulation.
In the end, Danielle and Christian conclude that the value of the proposal will rely on the level of ambition in the EC's proposal and the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Member States. But, they highlight, "this proposal could become the most important attempt to future-proof the EU Single Market, with clear benefits for Europe’s environment, small businesses and consumers."
Read the full blog here.