"The reform of the EU Data Protection Framework - Building trust in a digital and global world":
- opening speech by Martin SCHULZ, EP President
Interparliamentary conference organised by EP Committee on Civil Liberties with National Parliaments
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 09/10/2012 First transmission: 09/10/2012
Based on the experience with the current Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31) and Council Framework Decision 2008/977/JHA of 27 November 2008 on the protection of personal data processed in the framework of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (OJ L 350, 30.12.2008, p. 60),1 as well as the input of the European Parliament2, the Commission has proposed two new legal instruments ‐ proposal for a Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation, COM(2012)0011) and proposal for a Directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and the free movement of such data (Data Protection Directive, COM(2012)0010). Initially the Commission intended to present a single horizontal instrument.3 The two new instruments, if adopted, would substantially define the EU data protection principles and rules for the following decades. The aim of the two proposals, as stated by the Commission, is to establish a modern, strong and consistent legislative framework across Union policies, enhancing individuals' rights, deepening the Single Market dimension of data protection, cutting ed tape for businesses, and addressing issues posed by transnational flows of personal data.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Brussels
||General view of the ambience during the meeting (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (German), Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament: "Data Protection is a fundamental right, looking at the Fundamental Chart of human rights, in the EU everybody has the right to protection of their personal data. That is article eight of the Chart of Fundamental Rights, Data Protection, it is not a modern luxury, it is a heritage part of our identity and it is part of our personal integrity that we are entitled to as free individuals in Europe and around the world".
||SOUNDBITE (German), Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament: "It is obvious that we are talking about individuals rights. The EP would keep a very close eye around this procedure, to see that protection of fundamental rights is duly ensured. Dear colleagues from the Commission and from the Council, and members of the Internal Affairs Committee, the members of this Committee have been sometimes seen as part of the parliamentary business. It is great that our citizens have their fundamental rights well protected, that our citizens have a record on what their rights actually are. So our goal it is to convey the right message to the citizens to inform them about their rights in terms of data protection".
||SOUNDBITE (German), Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament: "On the proposal of the Directive itself; data processing by authorities is something that we should also keep a close eye on. That is an important issue, the collection and the processing of information by the police and by the public prosecutor. It is disproportionally rich in volume than was seventeen years ago. Personal data is present in the data based office of these authorities and that is only right improper because only then public prosecutor and the police can fulfil their mandate."
||SOUNDBITE (German), Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament, "This is an extremely important conference. I am tempted to say that this is the most important conference in the final six months of 2012. We are facing a number of significant challenges. It is an important conference because here we are talking about the identity of the EU of its member states and of the citizens as citizens of the EU and of their member States".
||Cutaways (11 shots)