How will the Data Act Impact SMEs?

DIGITAL SME’s Focus Group Artificial Intelligence, together with EUH4D, organised a discussion on the Data Act on Wednesday, 20 April at 16.00 CEST.

The upcoming Data Act will set out new rules and requirements for handling and sharing data. SMEs need to adapt to the new legislation that provides opportunities and challenges — incorporating data practices and insights to their business while making data more available to other companies.

Understanding how SMEs can take advantage of this new legislation will help European companies to integrate into the European data economy, provided that they have the information, skills and vision to do so. The federation of data-driven Digital Innovation Hubs that the EUHubs4Data project has brought together provide services for SMEs so that they are able to develop their data driven innovation and understanding the Data Act and its impact will be one area in which they can help SMEs gain an edge.

This monthly meeting of the FG AI focused on discussing the Data Act from the perspective of SMEs. In addition, in the second part of the meeting with our Focus Group, we focused on the role of Digital Innovation Hubs in the wider data economy. In specific, one of the hubs of the Federation, will showcase the services they offer to SMEs, and companies will be able to share their user stories and case studies so that the impact of the Data Act can be better understood.


DG CONNECT, European Commission Presentation on Data Act

KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law Presentation on Data Act

Ahedd Presentation on How DIHs can help SMEs?


16.00 – 17.00      Discussion on Data Act

16.00 – 16.10 Welcome by DIGITAL SME

16.10 – 16.20 Presentation on the Data Act

  • Andrea Katalin Tóth and Szymon Lewandowski, DG CONNECT, European Commission

16.20 – 16.30 Commentary on specific legal aspects

  • Emre Bayamlıoğlu, Researcher, KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law – imec

16.30 – 17.00 Open discussion with SMEs and Q&A

17.00 – 17.30 How can SMEs use the opportunities of the Data Act?

17.00 – 17.15 How DIHs can help SMEs?

Denia Kanellopoulou, Ahedd

17.15 – 17.25 SME use cases focusing on data access and services that they could benefit from and Q&A

17.25 – 17.30 Closing