Annual Conference - How can standards support SMEs to benefit from the data economy?

29-09-2020 12:00 to 19:00


Annual Conference

How can standards support SMEs to benefit from the data economy?


Building the data economy is key to achieving a “Europe fit for the digital age”, one of the main priorities of the new European Commission. Data access, sharing and exchange between different players in the value chain and across sectors offers tremendous potential in the creation of innovative products and services. SMEs, for which access to data is a growing issue, must unlock their data potential in order to innovate and grow. In this context, standardisation has a key role to play as a tool to overcome market barriers.

This year’s annual conference will focus on opportunities and challenges in the emerging data economy. Representatives from the European Institutions, SME and SME associations, standardisation organisations, as well as other key stakeholders participating in the standards development process at national and European level will discuss how standards can help remove the barriers that prevent small players such as SMEs from exploiting the full potential of the data economy or even from being able to trade at all. 

The conference was initially foreseen to take place on 6 May 2020. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the conference has been postponed to 29 September 2020.

The event will start with a networking lunch at 12.00 noon (midday) which will be held at the Brussels Square.

A detailed programme will be available soon.



Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Coudenberg 3, 1000 Bruxelles


Nearby metro, tram and bus stations: Parc, Palais, Royale, Trône and Bruxelles Central


The conference will be held in English, and interpreted into French, German and Italian.

Please note that this event may be video recorded. By attending this event you may be visible in photos or in the video of the event which will be made available on our website, social media, newsletter and/or printed publications.