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Dr2 Consultants hosts second webinar on the EU Data Act and its impact on EU competition and smart mobility goals

Following the publication of the EU Data Act in February 2022, Dr2 Consultants hosted a second Breakfast Webinar on May 25 to discuss the impact of the EU Data Act on the European competition and smart mobility goals. The webinar is the second in a series of three, where the first was held on May 5 and discussed the impact on EU competition and sustainability goals.

The event was moderated by Cathy Kremer, Senior Consultant at Dr2 Consultants. Two speakers were invited to share their thoughts about the impact of the Data Act on the mobility sector. Mr. Mikael Isaksson, Public Affairs Officer at Volvo Cars and Dr. Nima Barraci, Senior Manager, Group Data Strategy and Transformation at Lufthansa Group gave insight into the road transport and aviation sectors’ perspectives.

Mr. Isaksson stated that the consumer focused approach in the Commission proposal is the right approach. He underlined that Volvo Cars values people’s freedom to move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. He argued that data and connectivity have a role to play in decarbonizing transport, in managing traffic flows and in optimizing energy efficiency. Data must be shared in a way that is safe, technically feasible and relevant for the consumer. The Data Act should not stifle innovation, growth and investment. It should lay down the basic principles to ensure data can be accessed on a level playing field.

Dr. Barraci said that Lufthansa Group had in principle a positive stance towards the Data Act. He noted that, currently, machine generated data is to a large extent unregulated and there are no rules to whom the data belongs and who has access to it. The Data Act would level the playing field by creating ground rules, foster competition and innovation. It would help reach the EU’s sustainability goals by improving the ecological performance of aircrafts and aircraft operations. The Data Act will foster innovation and energy efficiency, he underlined.

Asked about their one key message to policymakers, Dr. Barraci wished to see the Data Act become an enabler for innovation and competition in Europe. Mr. Isaksson concluded that the Data Act should be designed in a way that it encourages innovation and that it will benefit everyone in the connected mobility ecosystem.

To watch the full replay of the second breakfast webinar, click here.

Input gathered from the first and second webinar will feed into a discussion with institutional stakeholders in the final webinar on 16 June.

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