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The EDPS advises the EU institutions and bodies on data protection issues in a range of policy areas. His consultative role relates to proposals for new legislation, as well as soft law instruments (e.g. communications) that affect personal data protection in the EU. He also monitors new technologies that may have an impact on data protection. The objective is to ensure that the EU citizens' fundamental rights to protection of privacy and personal data are maintained, while society evolves.

One of the primary tasks of the EDPS is to examine the data protection and privacy impact of proposed new legislation. The EDPS Policy paper of 2014 elaborates on how this role is interpreted in terms of limitations in scope, working methods and main orientations. The EDPS uses different instruments in order to exercise this role.

The first instrument is a planning tool. Each year in December, the EDPS publishes an inventory of his priorities for the coming year. It lists the most relevant Commission proposals, which may require a formal reaction by the EDPS. Those proposals that are expected to have a strong impact on data protection are given high priority. This may also apply to research projects.

The second and most important instrument is the formal public opinion . By issuing opinions on a regular basis, the EDPS establishes a consistent policy on data protection issues. The opinions are addressed to those involved in the legislative negotiations, but also published on the website as well as in the Official Journal of the EU. 

A third instrument of intervention is the EDPS comments , which address data protection issues for instance in Commission communications.

A final instrument is the possibility to intervene in cases before the Court of Justice, the Court of First Instance and the Civil Service Tribunal.

  • 24 May 2016

    Data protection for the digital generation: the countdown to the GDPR begins. Read the EDPS Annual Report 2015 and the press release.

  • 23 May 2016

    To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions will hold the annual EU Open Day on 28 May 2016. The EDPS stand will be located on the first floor of the European Parliament, so make sure you pass by and check out our fun and interactive activities! More information about EU Open Day and the EDPS stand can be found on the EDPS Events page.

  • 20 May 2016

    Key Challenges for Privacy in the Digital Age. Read the speech by Giovanni Buttarelli given at Europol - EIPA conference on Privacy in the Digital Age of Encryption and Anonymity Online.

  • 19 May 2016

    New Regulation boosts the roles of EDPS and Europol. Read the press release.

  • 04 May 2016

    The GDPR rulebook will apply from 25 May 2018: let's prepare for it to strengthen rights of online generation. Please consult the final texts of the Directive and the Regulation.

  • 26 May 2016

    Spring Conference, Participation and keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Budapest, Hungary

  • 26 May 2016

    Spring Conference, Participation and speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski on GDPR – what next? Practical implications for national legislators, DPAs, data controllers, Budapest, Hungary

  • 25 May 2016

    Wojciech Wiewiórowski visits the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Budapest, Hungary

  • 25 May 2016

    General Data Protection Regulation and Startups, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

  • 25 May 2016

    AmCham EU’s Plenary Meeting, Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 24 May 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli presents the EDPS Annual Report 2015 to the LIBE Committee, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

  • 23 May 2016

    Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Conference, Giovanni Buttarelli gives a keynote speech on EU Data Protection Regulation, Rome, Italy

  • 23 May 2016

    Cyber 2016: Evolving Threats, Security Developments and Improving Cooperation, Chatham House Cyber Conference, Speech and panel discussion by Wojciech Wiewiórowski on Data Protection, Privacy and National Security, London, UK