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02 July 2015

EU Data Protection Reform: a historic opportunity for Europe. Please read our press release and the Annual Report 2014.

16 June 2015
"Trade agreements and data flows", speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli at the Joint Hearing of the INTA and LIBE committees, European Parliament, Brussels.
05 June 2015

The 2015 IPEN Workshop takes place in Leuven today. You can follow the conference live using our online webstreaming, which is now available on the EDPS website

01 June 2015

EU Data Protection Reform: the EDPS meets international civil liberties groups. Please read the press release and watch the videos.

27 May 2015

Video interview of Giovanni Buttarelli.

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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.