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19/03/2012 - EU-US cooperation on data protection: Towards a new gold standard

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding opened a transatlantic conference today on data protection. EU and US experts are discussing the European Commission’s proposed modernisation of the 1995 data protection rules. The two sides have also published a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to promote the rights of individuals to have their personal data protected and to facilitate interoperability of commercial data privacy regimes. On this occasion, Viviane Reding, said:

"Let us build a new gold standard of data protection based on clear and strong laws allowing our businesses and citizens to fully benefit from the digital economy."


15/03/2012 - Towards a European Certificate of Succession

"The death of a family member is a sad and traumatic event, without additional legal headaches. I therefore welcome Tuesday's vote in the European Parliament plenary, which constitutes a major step towards providing legal certainty for thousands of families confronted with international successions."


08/03/2012 - International Women's Day

Today we celebrate the 101st anniversary of International's Women Day. While we can be proud of more than a century of progress, this day reminds us that much work lies ahead for gender equality.


05/03/2012 - Breaking the 'glass ceiling' for women on company boards

One year after EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called for credible self-regulatory measures, limited progress seems to have been achieved. A 1.9% increase from 2010 means that still only one in seven board members at Europe's top firms is a woman (13.7%). At this rate, it would take more than 40 years to reach a significant gender balance (at least 40% of both sexes).