European Commission's Data Strategy mentions benefits of CM&S and digital twins


On 19 February, the European Commission has released a communication addressing the European strategy for data which is part of a broader policy package aiming at making the EU fit for the digital age. The Commission refers back to the opportunity that digital twins can bring for healthcare and how data could improve personalised medicine. Among the first concrete policy action will be the setting up of European data spaces. These European data spaces will offer access to aplications ranging from artificial intlligence to simulation, modellling, digita twins and high performance computing (HPC) resources.

Following the publication of the European Data Strategy, the Commission launched as well on 19 February a public online consultation on the European strategy for data.

Key highlights

The European Commission identified several issues around data that are holding the EU back from its ambitious to become a leading role model:


  • data availability;
  • imbalance in market power;
  • interoperability of data;
  • protection of EU citizens’ right;
  • cybersecurity;
  • data infrastructure and technologies;
  • skills and data literacy;
  • data governance.

To address these issues, the European Commission has put together a four-pillar strategy which entails several actions that will be taken by the Commission during the next three year:

  1. Pillar A - A cross-sectoral governance framework for data access and use;
  2. Pillar B - Enablers: Investments in data and strengthening Europe's capabilities and infrastructures for hosting, processing and using data, interoperability;
  3. Pillar C - Competences: Empowering individuals, investing in skills in SMEs;
  4. Pillar D - Common European data spaces in strategic sectors and domains of pubic interest.

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