UK and French governments form data taskforce

The UK and French governments have announced the creation of a new joint UK-France Data Taskforce, which has been formed to target £42 billion of untapped economic growth potential across the European Union.

According to the government, the new taskforce reaffirms the two countries’ commitment to the European digital single market.

The taskforce is set to report back to both governments before the end of the year to enhance UK-France co-operation on open data and making information available for public use; improve SME use of data and increase the consumer control of data.

The Chancellor George Osborne said: “I am delighted to announce the creation of a new joint UK-France Taskforce to lead the way in unlocking the significant economic benefits offered by the digital economy.

In the UK our digital industries contribute over £113 billion to the economy and this taskforce will consider ways to accelerate growth in this flourishing sector.”

French economy minister, Emmanuel Macron added: “France and the UK are at the forefront of the digital economy. We need to join forces to unleash its potential by setting up a fair and balanced framework which benefits innovators, companies and consumers.”

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