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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.

  • 01 December 2016

    An ethical approach to fundamental rights - read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli

  • 18 November 2016

    Breaking the rules: conducting administrative inquiries in the EU institutions - read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski

  • 15 November 2016

    An ancient city looking to the future: The 38th International Privacy Conference in Marrakech - read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli

  • 08 November 2016

    A smart approach: counteract the bias in artificial intelligence - read the latest blogpost by Giovanni Buttarelli.

  • 07 November 2016

    Data protection for digital communication - read the latest blogpost by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

  • 01 December 2016

    7th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Conference, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium

  • 01 December 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, Brussels, Belgium

  • 29 November 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli participates in the meeting of High Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability, Brussels, Belgium

  • 29 November 2016

    46th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum, panel on International Cooperation. Personal Data Protection Agreements. Relevant Experiences and Convention 108, Speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Manzanillo, Mexico

  • 28 November 2016

    Wojciech Wiewiórowski receives a delegation from Korea Internet Security Agency, Brussels, Belgium

  • 25 November 2016

    Wojciech Wiewiórowski pays a visit to European Union Intellectual Property Office, Alicante, Spain

  • 24 November 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union, Brussels, Belgium

  • 23 November 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen, Secretary-General of the Council, Brussels, Belgium