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MEPs welcome “robust” new EU data protection rules ahead of final vote

A large majority of MEPs welcomed the new EU data protection rules in Wednesday’s debate, ahead of the final plenary vote on Thursday. The revised rules aim to give citizens back control of their personal data and to create a high, uniform level of data protection across the EU fit for the digital era. The reform also sets minimum standards on use of data for policing and judicial purposes.

Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional agreement on the data protection package, consisting of a regulation governing data transfers in general and a directive on transfers for criminal law enforcement purposes, last December. The Civil Liberties Committee endorsed the new rules on Tuesday. The final vote in plenary session, which will mark the last step in the legislative procedure, takes place on Thursday.

Replay statements by

Jan Philipp Albrecht, (Greens, DE), EP rapporteur on the regulation

Marju Lauristin, (S&D, ET), EP rapporteur on the directive

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, for the Dutch Presidency of the Council

Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Axel Voss, (EPP, DE)

Claude Moraes, (S&D, UK)

Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK)

Sophie In't Veld (ALDE, NL)

Cornelia Ernst (GUE, DE)

Judith Sargentini (Greens, NL)

Gerard Batten (EFDD, UK)

Gianluca Buonanno (ENF, IT)


EP Live (click on 13 April 2016)
Video of press conference with rapporteurs Jan Albrecht and Marju Lauristin, Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert for the Dutch Presidency and Commissioner Vera Jourova (12.04.2016)
EP research: Data protection package - final steps
Q&A: new EU rules on data protection put the citizen back in the driving seat
Questions and answers on data protection (European Commission)
Press releases after committee vote (17.12.2015)
New data protection standards to ensure smooth police cooperation in the EU
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