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Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 provides that every Community institution and body must appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). He or she is fundamental in ensuring that these administrations respect their data protection obligations.
Some institutions have also provided for an assistant or deputy DPO. The European Commission has appointed a Data Protection Coordinator (DPC) in each directorate-general (DG). This has been justified by the size of the institution and the necessity to have relays in the different DGs. It has also appointed a specific DPO for OLAF.
Some DPOs were appointed even before the EDPS started his activities, some after. They have proved to be of high importance, not only because of their internal work within the institution or body, but also in the establishment of a DPO network. This network, which meets at regular intervals, has been a useful forum for exchanging views on common issues and to provide advice. Apart from bilateral meetings and contacts with the DPOs, the EDPS also takes part in the regular meetings of the DPO network. These meetings serve as useful means for exchange of information and discussions on current issues.
The Data Protection Officers have various functions:
  • ensuring that controllers and data subjects are informed of their rights and obligations;
  • ensuring in an independent manner the internal application of the Regulation;
  • carrying out inquiries where necessary;
  • keeping a register of the processing operations carried out by the controller;
  • notifying the EDPS of processing operations which may present specific risks;
  • responding to requests from the EDPS and cooperating with the EDPS.

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 > The EDPS has presented his view on the role of the DPOs in a position paper.


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>  The EDPS Report on the Status of Data Protection Officers (DPOs)


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On 24 November 2010, the EDPS sent a letter to all Directors and Heads of EU institutions and agencies endorsing the DPO paper on "Professional Standards for Data Protection Officers of the EU Institutions and bodies working under Regulation (EC) No 45/2001" finalised at the meeting of the DPO network on 14 October 2010.


> Professional Standards for Data Protection Officers of the EU Institutions and bodies working under Regulation (EC) No 45/2001


Data Protection Officers appointed by the EU institutions and bodies


Council of the European Union Carmen LOPEZ RUIZ
European Parliament Secondo SABBIONI
European Commission Philippe RENAUDIERE
Court of Justice of the European Union Sabine HACKSPIEL
Court of Auditors Johan VAN DAMME
European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Lucas CAMARENA JANUZEC
Committee of the Regions (CoR)  Rastislav SPÁC
European Investment Bank (EIB) 


Clare EVANS MCNALLY (Assistant DPO)

European External Action Service (EEAS)  Emese SAVOIA-KELETI (Acting DPO)
European Ombudsman

Juliano FRANCO

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) 


European Central Bank (ECB)  Barbara EGGL
European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)  Veselina TZANKOVA
Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT)  Martin GARNIER
Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM)  Pedro DUARTE GUIMARÁES
Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)  Nikolaos FIKATAS
Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

Marina ZUBAC

European Medicines Agency (EMEA)  Alessandro SPINA 
Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)  Gerhard SCHUON
European Training Foundation (ETF) 


European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Francesca MARCON (Acting DPO)
European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)  Athena BOURKE (DPO)
Ingrida TAURINA (Deputy DPO)
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)  Pierre FALLER 
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)  Ignacio VÁZQUEZ MOLINÍ
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)  Claus REUNIS 
European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)  Radostina NEDEVA MAEGERLEIN
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) 



Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)  Dirk HOMANN (DPO)
Panagiota KALYVA (Assistant DPO)
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) Michaela SEIFERT
European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) Rieke ARNDT
European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) Esther MOLINERO
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) Christos GEORGIADIS
Ramunas LUNSKUS (Alternate DPO)
European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA)  Triinu VOLMER (DPO)
European Railway Agency (ERA) Zografia PYLORIDOU
Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency  (Chafea) Despoina LEIVADINOU

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Andrea IBER

European Environment Agency (EEA)  Olivier CORNU
European Investment Fund (EIF)  Jobst NEUSS
European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Border (FRONTEX) Andrzej GRAS
European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Sophie VUARLOT-DIGNAC (Acting DPO)
Enrico GAGLIARDI (Deputy DPO)
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

Francesca PAVESI (DPO)
(deputy DPO)

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)

Anthony BISCH (Deputy DPO)

Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) Zsófia SZILVÁSSY
European Banking Authority (EBA) Joseph MIFSUD
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Bo BALDUYCK
European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) João SOARES DA SILVA
Research Executive Agency (REA)


European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) Barbara EGGL
Fusion for Energy Angela BARDENHEWER-RATING
SESAR Joint Undertaking Daniella PAVKOVIC
Clean Sky Joint Undertaking Bruno  MASTANTUONO
Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking Estefania RIBEIRO
Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Georgiana BUZNOSU

European Insurance and Occupations Pensions Authority (EIOPA) Catherine COUCKE
Collège européen de police (CEPOL) Leelo KILG-THORNLEY
European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Jari AHOLA (Acting)

European Defence Agency (EDA) Clarisse RIBEIRO
Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)


European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) Nikolaos CHATZIMICHALAKIS
eu-LISA Fernando DA SILVA
Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking Marta CAMPOS-ITURRALDE


  • 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