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Organisation and human resources

The EDPS was established in 2004 and currently employs around 60 staff members, divided into six units and sectors:

  • Supervision and Enforcement promotes a data protection culture within the EU institutions and bodies so that they are aware of their obligations and accountable for compliance with data protection requirements.
  • Policy and Consultation ensures that the EU legislator (Commission, Parliament and Council) is aware of data protection requirements and integrates data protection in new legislation.
  • Information and Communication develops a creative and effective communication strategy.
  • IT Policy assesses the privacy risks of new technologies by collecting and analysing information as appropriate.
  • Human resources, budget and administration improves the use of EDPS human, financial, technical and organisational resources.
  • Records Management Sector provides internal operational support and coordinates records management activities.

> EDPS organisation chart


> Code of Conduct for Staff


> EDPS Decision on internal rules concerning whistleblowing


The provisions concerning the EU civil service are set out in the European Communities’ Staff Regulations . Article 1 stipulates that, for this purpose, the EDPS is treated as an institution of the Communities. In practice, that means that EDPS staff are subject to the rights and obligations of the Staff Regulations, and that recruitment to the EDPS follows the procedures laid down in them.

In addition to statutory staff, programs for national experts and trainees provide much valued assistance on a temporary basis.

  • 10 February 2017

    Is your toaster watching you?, Lunchtime conference on the Internet of Things, Speeches by Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 08 February 2017

    6th Data Protection Forum with Mr Viljar PEEP, Director General, Estonian Data Protection Inspectorate, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 08 February 2017

    e-Privacy Breakfast Debate organised by EIF, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

  • 08 February 2017

    e-Privacy Directive: Combining Modern Marketing & Privacy, Event organised by FEDMA, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 07 February 2017

    109th Plenary meeting of the Article 29 Working Party, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 06 February 2017

    Workshop on the current trends and practices in biobanking in the light of European and national data protection requirements? Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium

  • 03 February 2017

    Giovanni Buttarelli speaking on GDPR in panel New rules and what to do next in the conference organised by Confindustria Il nuovo Regolamento europeo sulla protezione dei dati personali, Rome, Italy

  • 01 February 2017

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Bob Quinn, Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T, Brussels, Belgium