A free flow of data help building European Data Economy

A Free Flow of Data to unleash the potential of the European Data Economy

Data-based innovation is revolutionising the global economy. Developments in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics or the exponentially growing Internet of Things are leaving no sector of business untouched. Therefore building and scaling a European Data Economy will help European businesses to stay competitive and create more jobs, to modernise public services and to empower citizens.

To build this European data economy, it is necessary to take away barriers to the free flow of data within the single market. Since the Commission Communication on Building a European Data Economy, approaches to EU action on the free flow of data in the Union have further developed.

Various studies, a public consultation and the structured dialogues with Member States have explored existing barriers to the free flow of data in the EU. On 10 May, the Commission announced plans for a legislative proposal on the EU free flow of data cooperation framework, subject to an Impact Assessment, to come up by Autumn 2017. This session during Net Futures 2017 will provide the opportunity to reflect on the results of the different evidence-gathering processes and current approaches to enable the free flow of data in the EU. Speakers from different sectors and angles are invited to give their views on the need for, and shape of, a future legislative initiative of a free flow of data in the EU.

Detailed Workshop Outline


Opening remarks by Pierre Chastanet, Deputy Head of Unit - Cloud & Software at the European Commission


Panel presentations and interactive discussion on free flow of data in the EU. Dedicated rounds on portability and security elements.


Victor Negrescu - Member of the European Parliament (S&D)
Corinna Schulze - Director, EU Government relations at SAP
Freddy Van den Wyngaert - Secretary-General of EuroCIO
Mette Schiøtz Sørensen - Chief Advisor Digital Single Market at the Danish Business Authority
Lenard Koschwitz - Director EU Affairs at Allied for Startups


 Closing remarks


Corinna Schulze

SAP, Director, EU Government Relations

Corinna Schulze is Director, EU Government Relations, Digital Government at SAP. In her current position, Corinna is responsible for public policy matters related to the Digital Single Market, Data Protection and Security. She followed closely the negotiation and adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation and is now involved in the practical implementation within the company. Her fields of expertise are data protection, privacy, law enforcement and cyber security. Beyond she plays an active role on matters related to the digital data economy, cloud and artificial intelligence policy. Corinna is the Vice-Chair of DIGITAL EUROPE’s Privacy and Security Group.

Corinna holds a law degree with the University of Münster, Germany and her bachelor law degree with the district court of Düsseldorf.

Lenard Koschwitz

Director EU Affairs, Allied for Startups

Lenard Koschwitz joined Allied for Startups in 2015. Since then he built up and led the organisations’ public policy activities in Europe. He’s passionate about policy and spends much of his time discussing tech and the Digital Single Market. Prior to that he advised a Spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs in the European Parliament, mainly on data-related policies like privacy and data flows. Lenard truly believes that policy dialogue belongs to every entrepreneurs’ identity and serves the coming generations of startups. He studied political science and European studies and loves to discuss in German, English, French or Italian. In 2001 he co-founded a platform for music journalism and user-generated content.

Victor Negrescu

Member of the European Parliament

MEP Victor Negrescu is a member of the S&D Group in the European Parliament and sits on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Committee on Legal Affairs and Committee on Budgets.
He has so far managed to obtain approval for pilot projects and preparatory actions for Romania valued at 9.3 million €, of which 4 million € are directly and exclusively destined for Romanian industry and research, and 7.3 million € target the development of IT&C.
Victor Negrescu received an MEP Award in 2015 for his activity in the field of Digital Agenda and he is an ambassador of the eSkills for Jobs campaign of the European Commission, as well as an a

Freddy Van den Wyngaert

EuroCIO Secretary-General

ExxonMobil Chemical
23 years with ExxonMobil Chemical.
Various Management positions in IT (Infrastructure, Applications) and business (Knowledge Management, Process re-engineering, Business Analyst) in Belgium, France, Europe HQ and US HQ.

Agfa-Gevaert Group
17 years with Agfa-Gevaert Group (since 09/2000 and until January 2017)
Vice President and CIO.

Secretary-General EuroCIO (European network of CIO’s) since January 2017
Digital Advisor

Katinka Clausdatter Worsøe

Confederation of Danish Enterprise - EU Advisor

Katinka is working for the Brussels office of the Confederation of Danish Enterprise where she is responsible for the digital agenda, especially data protection and digitalization of SMEs.
Katinka has been with the Confederation for 3 years always involved in digital affairs. She holds a Masters degree in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School.