‘What the chief says’ events are exclusive, small, informal and off the record regular roundtable debates which offer our members the exclusive opportunity to engage directly and get to the heart of a specific policy issue with a senior decisionmaker from a European institution or government. These events are geared to be in tune with the interest of our members and are strategically linked to emerging trends within the EU sphere. It allows us to focus on the opportunities and identify the possible challenges in the European Commission’s own agenda and provides the possibility to go into greater depth and discuss the ‘nitty gritty’ of policies affecting Europe in the next five years and beyond.
The speaker gives a short, 10-minute introduction to the topic under discussion, after which the floor is open to any possible comments or questions which may be posed to the speaker for the remaining 50 minutes.
The European data strategy aims to empower the public, private and civil society sectors to make the most of non-personal data generated in the EU. Making this data available to all could have a positive impact on all aspects of European life – allowing for better informed decision-making and ultimately leading to improvements in healthcare, sustainability, energy efficiency, transport, trade and so on.
This strategy plays a fundamental role in the EU’s digital transformation, and its success will be essential to growth, innovation, quality of life and progress across the whole region. It must be future-focused and flexible to adapt to innovation.
A key aspect of the European data strategy is the creation of a ‘single market for data’, with common European data spaces allowing greater availability of data for use by all people and to benefit industry and innovation. It also aims to allow those generating the data more control over its use, enabling the EU to better protect the interests of its citizens, pushing back against the exploitation of individuals’ data.
- What should policymakers do to ensure that the needs of citizens are kept at the forefront of the European data strategy?
- How can the EU and member states best collaborate with the private sector to ensure the success of this strategy?
- How will the European data strategy aid decision-making to help the EU in developing and furthering the green transition?
Chair of the European Parliament Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA)
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe
In his current position at the European Parliament, Dragos Tudorache analyses the challenges of deploying artificial intelligence and its future impact on the EU economy. Tudorache has a long history of public service in Romania, previously serving as Head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, Minister of Communications and for the Digital Society, and Minister of Interior. Before his election to the European Parliament, he held a number of positions at the European Comission, including managing strategic projects such as the Schengen Information System, Visa Information System and the establishment of the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems (eu-LISA).
Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.
- By Chris Kremidas Courtney
- Area of Expertise
- Peace, Security & Defence
- European Defence Studies
- By Paul Taylor
- By Eurisa Rukovci