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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.

  • 28 October 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli attends the conference New Instruments to Promote the Correct Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

  • 27 October 2016

    40th DPO meeting hosted by European Union Intellectual Property Office, Introductory speech by Wojciech WiewiĆ³rowski, Alicante, Spain

  • 26 October 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Digital Single Market, Brussels, Belgium

  • 26 October 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Ambassador Marlene Bonnici, Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

  • 21 October 2016

    VII edition of the Diplomacy Festival, The season of uncertainties. In search of new policies for the Coexistence and Integration,  Giovanni Buttarelli participates in the debate on Privacy shield: data exchange and trade relations EU-US, Rome, Italy

  • 19 October 2016

    38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners: Opening new territories for privacy, Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Adequacy, Localization and Cultural Determinism, Marrakesh, Morocco

  • 18 October 2016

    ISC GDPR Seminar: The Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on collaborative science in Europe, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli on Implications of the GDPR on Science and Research (via a video link), Brussels, Belgium

  • 18 October 2016

    Technology, Challenges and Effective Governance, IAF/FPF Side Event at ICDPPC, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli on The Future of Technology and Data Governance, Marrakesh, Morocco