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Article 29 Working Party


The Article 29 Working Party is composed of representatives of the national data protection authorities (DPA), the EDPS and the European Commission. It is a very important platform for cooperation, and its main tasks are to:
 
  1. Provide expert advice from the national level to the European Commission on data protection matters.
  2. Promote the uniform application of Directive 95/46 in all Member States of the EU, as well as in Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland;
  3. Advise the Commission on any European Community law (so called first pillar), that affects the right to protection of personal data.
 
Five plenary meetings are organised in Brussels every year. However, the Working Party also progresses on issues through work in subgroup meetings. An example of this is the Internet Task Force (ITF), which addresses the challenges of the Internet and similar technological issues. A closed website for authorities to share relevant information is another tool for regular work.
 
As a member of the Working Party, the EDPS participates in its policy making role by actively contributing to common positions and joint opinions. However, the EDPS also exercises his advisory role on new EU legislation through his own opinions. So far, there have been a few cases of partly overlapping advice. One such example was on the highly controversial data retention directive, where the EDPS issued his own opinion and participated in the development of the Working Party Opinion.
 

The European Commission provides the secretariat of the Working Party, and hosts a website where adopted documents and other relevant information, such as on standard contractual clauses, can be found.

  • 12 February 2016

    EDPS welcomes EU-US "Umbrella Agreement" and stresses need for effective safeguards. Read the Opinion and the press release.

  • 05 February 2016

    Opening address given by Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS, at the Fifth Workshop on Data Protection in International Organisations

  • 03 February 2016

    On 2 and 3 February 2016, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) met to discuss the consequences of the CJEU judgment in the Schrems case for international transfers. Read the statement on the introduction of a "EU-US Privacy Shield".

  • 02 February 2016

    On 5 February 2016, the EDPS and the International Committee of the Red Cross will host a workshop on data protection within international organisations, which will take place in Geneva. For more information see the EDPS Events page.

  • 28 January 2016

    EDPS starts work on a New Digital Ethics. Read the press release.

  • 05 February 2016

    Data Protection Within International Organisations, Geneva, Switzerland, Giovanni Buttarelli chairs the morning session and speaks at the workshop

  • 29 January 2016

    9th International CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, concluding remarks by Giovanni Buttarelli

  • 28 January 2016

    9th International CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, Giovanni Buttarelli moderates panel on Transatlantic Discussions: Developing a Sustainable 'Big Data' Ecosystem - Diverse Approaches to the ...

  • 28 January 2016

    9th International CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, Giovanni Buttarelli chairs panel on Data, Dignity and Technology - Exploring Digital Ethics

  • 28 January 2016

    Smart Sharing, Data Protection Day conference for trainees at the EU institutions, Brussels, Belgium, Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski speak at the conference

  • 28 January 2016

    GDPR: A new chapter for EU data protection - how the new Regulation will empower you to take control of your personal information, Data Protection Day conference for EU officials, ...

  • 27 January 2016

    9th International CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, Wojciech Wiewiórowski moderates panel on The Data Protection Reform: The Reform in Perspective

  • 08 December 2015
    The Industrial Internet Era, Brussels, Belgium, Wojciech Wiewiórowski takes part in panel Cybersecurity, Privacy and the Industrial IoT