10. November 2023 | Press releases:

Towards the use of European mobility data TU Braunschweig contributes expertise on mobility law

For more efficient, safe and sustainable transport, access to and exchange of data in Europe must be facilitated. The Mobility Law Research Centre at Technische Universität Braunschweig, headed by Professor Anne Paschke, will make a decisive contribution to the development of the European mobility data space. The official launch of the EU lighthouse project deployEMDS will take place on 7 November at the Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

With the European data strategy, the European Union laid the foundations in 2020 for promoting the data economy and strengthening the innovation-promoting potential of greater data and information availability. A central element of this data strategy is the creation of data spaces, which are intended to enable the secure and controlled exchange of and access to data. One of the twelve planned data spaces is the Europe-wide mobility data space, which is specifically designed to facilitate the exchange of data in the field of mobility.

This data space also plays an important role in the European Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. The mobility data space aims to promote innovation, such as smart and sustainable transport systems. The required information is to be made available to start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises. This is an important step towards tackling the challenges of climate change in Europe’s transport sector and creating sustainable solutions for the future.

European vision of data sharing

However, the potential of data spaces is also accompanied by many challenges, which, in addition to the technical level, also relate in particular to the topics of governance, regulation and IT security. This makes it all the more important to provide scientific and interdisciplinary support for the development of the mobility data space. The Institute of Law at TU Braunschweig and its affiliated Research Centre for Mobility Law will contribute their expertise from numerous interdisciplinary research projects with a focus on mobility and digitalisation and thus contribute to the realisation of the European vision of shared data use.

“Sustainable mobility and resilient infrastructures are challenges we have to face as a society. The EU lighthouse project deployEMDS gives us a great opportunity to contribute our expertise in mobility and data law to the creation of data spaces. Our unique consortium brings together civil society, municipalities, businesses and science. I look forward to working together,” says Professor Anne Paschke.

About the project

deployEMDS (EMDS stands for European Mobility Data Space) will contribute to the further development of the common European space for mobility data announced in the Data Strategy and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, which will be established and operated in full compliance with existing EU legislation in the mobility and transport sector. The project specifically contributes to the long-term political goal of creating “a true single market for data”. The project consortium comprises 38 consortium partners and seven associated partners from eleven EU countries and is coordinated by the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). The three-year project as part of the “Digital Europe” programme will run from 1 November 2023 to 31 October 2026.

About the Institute for Legal Science

The Institute for Legal Science at TU Braunschweig is responsible for all legal teaching at the university. The Institute’s research focuses on public law, including environmental law, and the entire spectrum of legal issues at the interface of law, information technology and digitalisation. The focus here is on data (protection) law, IT security law and new media law. The Mobility Law Research Centre, which is affiliated to the Institute, deals with all legal issues relating to mobility, particularly in the area of autonomous driving and the legally compliant design of new business models.