COCIR welcomes the call from the majority of the EU telecommunications ministers for an ambitious legislative proposal to ban unjustified data localization measures within the European Union.
Businesses and companies of all sizes and sectors are increasingly dependent on data flows, in order to scale and innovate across borders. Unjustified data localization requirements are a major challenge for the development of a data-driven economy and hinder the creation of a true Digital Single Market.
In the healthcare sector, free flow of data is an essential component of delivering better cross-border healthcare services. Whereas data sharing amongst healthcare institutions cross-border can improve European health systems performance and provide access to high quality health and care services to those who are in need. Likewise, in order to ensure continuity of operations and optimal performance of medical equipment, maintenance of modern healthcare equipment often requires remote connectivity to ensure access to the appropriately skilled staff, who can be located in other EU jurisdictions.
COCIR believes that an ambitious free flow of data initiative is an essential step to build a strong EU data economy. Only then we will be able to build a Digital Single Market and harness the potential of digital technology to drive quality and efficiency in health care and fuel economic growth and jobs in the Silver Economy.