Nordic-Baltic working group on regulatory issues - Nobareg
Nobareg contributes to national digitalisation efforts through an exchange of experiences and common approaches to implementation of relevant EU legislation. Nobareg is a project financed by Nordic Council of Ministers, and run by Digdir.
The current EU agenda is organised along two main tracks: green and digital. The two are closely interlinked, with digital being essential for creating green solutions. Over the last years, the European Commission has put forward several proposals for regulations to support the realisation of the European Digital Strategy, such as the Data Governance Act (DGA) the Data Act (DA) and the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA).
The Working group on regulatory issues related to digitalisation – Nobareg – was established in 2022 to explore issues at the intersection between digitalisation and regulation in its realm, such as the Data Governance Act, Data Act and Artificial Intelligence Act. Nobareg coordinates the development of well-informed positions ensuring a value-based approach and prepare for new roles and responsibilities for the Nordic-Baltic public sector. Nobareg contributes to national digitalisation efforts through an exchange of experiences and common approaches to implementation of relevant EU legislation. Nobareg does not touch up on themes and topics that are currently being negotiated in the EU institutions regarding legislation that are not fully adopted by the EU.
Digitalisation and automatisation ready legislation
In parallel, there is rising attention on the need for regulation to be digitalisation and automatisation ready, regardless of sector or topic to be regulated. Whether it concerns using new digital tools and technologies, sharing, using, or reusing data, regulations must provide the necessary flexibility and legal basis for new ways of working. This is also essential for cooperation across sectors and countries on shared and seamless services. New legislation should not hinder the development and use of new digital technologies that can, for instance, improve public sector efficiency and help provide better public services. There is already informal exchange of experiences between the Scandinavian countries on how to ensure digitalisation ready legislation at national level. Denmark and Norway have developed methodologies and guidance material, and Sweden is starting their work on this now.
Common Nordic-Baltic values
In the groups effort on finding and facilitate the exchange of good practices on how to implement and draft digitalisation ready legislation, the group identifies common Nordic-Baltic values on, for instance, use of AI and sharing and reuse of data.
The results of the project will continue to contribute to the national work on digitization through the exchange of experiences and a common approach to the implementation of relevant EU regulations.