Two years after the European Commission proposed a major reform of the EU’s data protection rules to make them fit for the 21st century, considerable progress has been made.
In October 2013, the European Parliament’s leading Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted by a large majority to back the Commission’s proposals.
Ministers in the Justice Council have meanwhile held numerous discussions on the proposals but not yet agreed on a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament. Today, on European Data Protection Day, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner in a speech at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) called for a “Data Protection Compact for Europe” . European Commission experts will answer questions about data protection in a live Twitter chat from 12.00 to 13.30 CET. Join the chat using the #EUdataP and #EUchat hashtags. Here to read more.