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European Data Protection Day

Viviane Reding and Irish Justice Minister Shatter

A year after the Commission proposed a root and branch reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules, negotiations are progressing at full speed. On today's European Data Protection Day 2013, considerable headway has been made towards making data protection fit for the 21st century.

Detailed discussions on the reform have been held among European justice ministers at the beginning of 2013. And on 8 January, European Parliament rapporteurs expressed their full support for "a coherent and robust data protection framework with strong and enforceable rights for individuals."

Strong, reliable, consistently applied rules will make data processing safer, cheaper and strengthen people’s confidence, which in turn drives growth. In order to flourish, the digital economy needs trust, something lacking if people are not confident about giving out their personal data online.

"A uniform and modern data protection law for the European Union is exactly what we need to secure trust and generate growth in the digital single market," said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner. She expressed her hope that this would be achieved by next year's Data Protection Day.

Both the European Parliament and ministers meeting in the Council of the EU will continue their discussions over the coming months under the Irish Presidency of the EU.