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17 April 2014
EDPS comments of 17 April 2014  in response to ICANN's public consultation
08 April 2014

Press Statement: The CJEU rules that Data Retention Directive is invalid

08 April 2014

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02 April 2014
Video message of Peter Hustinx and Giovanni Buttarelli at the occasion of the presentation of the Annual Report 2013 in Brussels (1 April 2014)
01 April 2014

"Opportunities and challenges in the digital era: big data and moral hazard", speaking points of Peter Hustinx, European Consumer Summit 2014: "European Consumers in the Digital Era"

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Opinions

When a proposal for legislation has a possible impact on data protection, the European Commission has to submit it to the EDPS for consultation. The EDPS analyses the proposal, taking into account the main elements affecting data protection, addressing issues such as:

  • What are the proposal's scope and purpose?
  • Are the means effective and proportionate?
  • Is there any processing of sensitive data?
  • How long are data preserved?
  • Who will have access to the data?
  • Will citizens be informed about this?
  • How can citizens exercise their rights?

The EDPS makes recommendations to improve the proposal in this respect. The opinion of the EDPS is formally issued and then forms part of the legislative process. Opinions are usually presented in European Parliament Committees, as well as in relevant working groups in the Council.

So far, the majority of the opinions have concerned subjects related to the field of police and judicial cooperation or to the visa and immigration policy. Proposals in these areas may promote, for instance, exchange of information between authorities to fight against terrorism and other crime, possibly involving large scale databases.



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European network of Employment Services


Opinion of 3 April 2014 on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets.


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Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data


Preliminary Opinion of 26 March 2014 on "Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data: The interplay between data protection, competition law and consumer protection in the Digital Economy"


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EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee


Opinion of 14 March 2014 on the proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, in the EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee regarding mutual recognition of the Authorised Economic Operator Programme in the European Union and the Measures on Classified Management of Enterprises Program in the People’s Republic of China


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Protection of undisclosed know-how and business information


Opinion of 12 March 2014 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure

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Application of the law on customs and agricultural matters


Opinion of 11 March 2014 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 515/97 of 13 March 1997 on mutual assistance between the administrative authorities of the Member States and cooperation between the latter and the Commission to ensure the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters

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Package of legislative measures reforming Eurojust


Opinion of 5 March 2014 on the package of legislative measures reforming Eurojust and setting up the European Public Prosecutor's Office ('EPPO')

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Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows


Opinion of 20 February 2014 on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on "Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows" and on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on "the Functioning of the Safe Harbour from the Perspective of EU Citizens and Companies Established in the EU"

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Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking


Opinion of 17 February 2014 on the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on "Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking"

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Payment services


Opinion of 5 December 2013 on a proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on payment services in the internal market amending Directives 2002/65/EC, 2006/48/EC and 2009/110/EC and repealing Directive 2007/64/EC, and for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on interchange fees for card-based payment transactions

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European single market for electronic communications


Opinion of 14 November 2013 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures concerning the European single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent, and amending Directives 2002/20/EC, 2002/21/EC and 2002/22/EC and Regulations (EC) No 1211/2009 and (EU) No 531/2012

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Electronic invoicing in public procurement


Opinion of 11 November 2013 on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on electronic invoicing in public procurement

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Deployment of the eCall System


Opinion of 29 October 2013 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall system and amending Directive 2007/46/EC

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Passenger Name Record data - Agreement between Canada and the European Union


Opinion of 30 September 2013 on the Proposals for Council Decisions on the conclusion and the signature of the Agreement between Canada and the European Union on the transfer and processing of Passenger Name Record data

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Entry/Exit System (EES) and Registered Traveller Programme (RTP)


Opinion of 18 July 2013 on the Proposals for a Regulation establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) and a Regulation establishing a Registered Traveller Programme (RTP)

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Community trade mark


Opinion of 11 July 2013 on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (recast) and the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 on the Community trade mark

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Prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing


Opinion of 4 July 2013 on a proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing, and a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on information on the payer accompanying transfers of funds


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Cyber Security Strategy of the European Union: an Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace


Opinion of 14 June 2013 on the Joint Communication of the Commission and of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on a 'Cyber Security Strategy of the European Union: an Open, Safe and Secure  Cyberspace', and on the Commission proposal for a Directive concerning measures to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the Union


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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning measures to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the Union



Joint Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union: An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace


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Transparency of measures regulating the prices of medicinal products


Opinion of 30 May 2013 on the amended Commission proposal for a Directive on the transparency of measures regulating the prices of medicinal products for human use and their inclusion in the scope of public health insurance systems


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European Union Agency for Law enforcement Cooperation and Training (Europol)


Opinion of 31 May 2013 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Law enforcement Cooperation and Training (Europol) and repealing Decisions 2009/371/JHA and 2005/681/JHA


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Market surveillance


Opinion of 30 May 2013 on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on market surveillance of products and amending various legislative instruments of the European Parliament and of the Council


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