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30/10/2013 - Vice-President Reding visits United States, calls for strong data protection rules to restore trust

Vice-President Reding was in Washington and New Haven on 29 and 30 of October, where, in the wake of further US-spying revelations, she delivered two key speeches on the topics of data protection and the transatlantic partnership between the EU and the US.


21/10/2013 - European Parliament vote backs new EU data protection rules

The European Commission's data protection reform proposals were backed by an overwhelming majority (49 votes in favour, 1 against and 3 abstentions) in the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament. The vote is a strong endorsement of the Commission's package approach to the data protection reform, and an important signal of progress in the legislative procedure.


14/10/2013 - Viviane Reding in Stockholm to debate with citizens

After 32 dialogues in cities across Europe, on 15 October, Vice-President Viviane Reding and Swedish Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson were in Stockholm to debate about Europe's way out of the economic crisis, citizens' rights and the future of Europe with over 350 citizens coming from Sweden.


08/10/2013 - Free Movement: 5 Actions to Make a Difference

At a meeting of Home Affairs Ministers in Luxembourg today, Vice-President Reding presented a snapshot of free movement in the EU and its impact on national social benefits systems. The presentation was made purely on the basis of information provided by the Member States themselves. As a conclusion, Reding put forward an action plan which will help ensure that EU free movement rules are applied effectively and available funds used efficiently.


07/10/2013 - Justice Council strengthens European area of Justice

Today's Justice Council made important progress on the building of a true European area of Justice that works for citizens and businesses. Ministers adopted the Commission's proposal for a law that will guarantee all citizens in Europe access to a lawyer if they are suspected of a crime – no matter where they are in the EU.  They also agreed on the Commission’s proposal to protect the euro from counterfeiting by using criminal law. And finally, Ministers agreed on one of the key building blocks of the Commission's data protection reform: the one-stop shop which simplifies the life of citizens and businesses in Europe's single market. In future, there will be one interlocutor for citizens and businesses, not 28.