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Data Spaces in EU: Synergies between data protection and data spaces, EU challenges and the experiences of Spain

The Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) and the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) are organizing the event ‘DATA SPACES IN EU: Synergies between data protection and data spaces, EU challenges and experiences of Spain’ where discussions on the European Data Spaces Initiatives will be addressed.

The conference will bring together experts, industry, academia and public administration to explore the challenges and opportunities in the European Union's data strategy. We will create an atmosphere conducive to have the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge, shedding light on the synergies between data protection and data spaces, with a particular focus both on the EU and Spain's experiences.

The conference aims to discuss and address:

  • the challenges and opportunities of implementing GDPR provisions in EU Data Spaces
  • lessons learnt and good practices from existing Data Spaces initiatives at EU level
  • the interplay between Union law and policies on data sharing
  • engineering data protection by design in Data Spaces.

Physical participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a workshop where they will be able to exchange views and debate on emerging data protection aspects of Data Spaces.


Date:October 2nd, 2023
Time:From 09:30 to 18:00. Streaming only available until 14:45 under preliminary registration
Recording of the event: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 
Event’s conclusions report:Report of conclusions of AEPD-ENISA’s event on data spaces [apr 2024]



TimeTopic, format, people involved
08:45 – 09:30Registration and coffee
09:30 – 09:45 Streaming

Opening talks

Two seats:

  • Mar España Martí (AEPD)
  • Prokopios Drogkaris (ENISA)
09:45 – 10:15 Streaming

Why do we speak about GDPR in Data Spaces?

Two seats:

  • Luis de Salvador Carrasco, Head of Technological Innovation Division, AEPD
  • Luis Velasco, Head of Technology and Privacy Unit, EDPS
10:15 – 11:00 Streaming

European Data Spaces Initiatives

Moderator: Xabier Lareo, Head of Sector EDPS 

3 speakers:

  • Owe Langfeldt, Policy officer, DG SANTE – EC. Presentation
  • Carlos Parra Calderón, Head of Computational Health Informatics Group, Institute of Biomedicine of Seville. Presentation
  • Jan Penfrat, Senior Policy Advisor, European Digital Rights 
11:00 – 11:30Coffe break please! networking
11:30 – 12:15 Streaming

Interplay GDPR-DGA-DA-DMA-DSA-EHDS-AIA in Data Spaces

Moderator: Anna Lytra, Deputy DPO, EDPB

3 speakers:

  • Marit Hansen, Head of ULD, Data Protection Commissioner Schleswig-Holstein
  • Ricard Martínez Martínez, Department of Constitutional Law, Universitat de València
  • Regina Becker, Quality, Regulatory, Impact, Security and Privacy, Luxembourg National Data Service 
12:15 – 13:00 Streaming

Data Spaces at a national level through Europe

Moderator: Alberto Palomo, Chief of the Spanish Data Office, Secretary of State of Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence. Presentation

3 speakers:

  • Eimear Farrell, Scientific expert, EU data spaces and data governance, Digital Economy Unit, EC Joint Research Centre
  • Rocío Báguena Rodríguez, Head of Transport Technology and Studies Division, Spanish Ministry of Transport
  • Maite Ambrós, Deputy Director General of Innovation and Digitalisation, Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food 
13:00 – 14:00Lunch time to networking
14:00 – 14:45 Streaming

Data Protection by design and by default techniques in Data Spaces

Moderator: Prokopios Drogkaris (ENISA)

3 speakers:

  • Isabel Barberá, Rhite
  • Marie Charlotte Roques Bonnet, Data protection legal advisor. Presentation
  • Irene Kamara, Tilburg Law School. Presentation
14:45 – 16:15

Workshop: It’s time to share experiences, to raise open questions, to think and to get new ideas

The audience will choose participating in one of the eight working tables.

  1. Actors, Stakeholders and Roles 
    Moderated by: Ricard Martínez Martínez (UV) & Jesus Rubí Navarrete (AEPD)
  2. Risk management and DPIA 
    Moderated by: Isabel Barberá (Rhite) & Rafael Pastor Vargas (UNED)
  3. Data Subjects Rights 
    Moderated by: Marie Charlotte Roques Bonnet & Javier Gomez Prieto (ENISA)
  4. Transparency and Accountability 
    Moderated by: Javier Huerta Bravo (Cullen International) & Andrés Calvo Medina (AEPD)
  5. Data Protection Officer 
    Moderated by: Anna Lytra (EDPB) & Carlos Saiz (ISMS Forum)
  6. Enforcement and Supervisory Authorities 
    Moderated by: Enrique Factor Santoveña (AEPD) & Manuel González Seco (CTPD)
  7. Technologies for data sharing 
    Moderated by: Christina Michelakaki (FPF) & Miguel Peñalba Moldes (AEPD)
  8. Data Breaches and security measures 
    Moderated by: Olga Rierola Forcada (APDCAT) & Irene Kamara (Tilburg Law School)

The chairpersons will make a short introduction about the topic and will lead audience to participate and debate.

16:15 – 16:45We definitely need a coffee break
16:45 – 17:30

Workshop Conclusions – Plenary Discussion

Moderator: Joaquín Perez Catalán (AEPD), Head of International Relations Division, AEPD

17:30 – 18:00


Two seats:

  • Mar España Martí (AEPD)
  • Prokopios Drogkaris (ENISA)



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