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30/06/2014 - Viviane Reding moves on to the European Parliament

Viviane Reding is taking up her seat in the European Parliament, following her victory in the European elections in May 2014.


25/06/2014 - EU-U.S. Justice Ministerial in Athens: Vice-President Reding welcomes U.S. announcement on data protection umbrella agreement

Following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting in Athens, Vice-President Reding has welcomed the U.S. announcement to take legislative action in order to provide judicial redress for Europeans who do not live in the U.S. Vice-President Reding said: "The announcement made by the Attorney General of the U.S. Mr Eric Holder to take legislative action in order to provide for judicial redress for Europeans who do not live in the U.S. is an important step in the right direction."


20/06/2014 - "Justice past, justice present and justice future" – Vice-President Reding sends three messages to the June European Council

Ahead of the upcoming European Council meeting on 26 and 27 June which – amongst other things – is set to agree on the future strategic priorities in the area of justice, Vice-President Viviane Reding outlined the European Commission's contribution to the broader reflection and her personal vision on the future EU justice policy: "My call to national leaders at the European Council: Don't just discuss 'people' (and the jobs they should get) but also focus on policies for people. By 2020, a true European Area of Justice should exist. Citizens and businesses deserve nothing less."


13/06/2014 - New EU Consumer Rights: no more rip-offs when shopping online

The new EU Consumer Rights Directive has entered into force today, reinforcing the rights of more than 507 million consumers across Europe. These new measures harmonise the national consumer rules in several important areas and allow consumers to rely on the same rights, no matter where they shop in the EU. It also means simpler, more predictable rules for traders, who will now have more incentives to expand their business across borders. To make sure these new rules are applied in a uniform manner across the EU, the Commission is also publishing a guidance document for national authorities.


06/06/2014 - Data protection makes progress at Justice Council

"This month's Justice Council was about progress. Progress in building a real European area of Justice that works for businesses and citizens alike," said Viviane Reding, following the Justice Council in Luxembourg on 6 June. Concrete progress was made on the EU data protection reform, on stronger rights for children in criminal court proceedings and on cross-border insolvency rules. The future of European Justice policy was also discussed: "The European Commission proposed the three priorities for the future: trust, mobility and growth. Justice policies can help deliver on these objectives," said Mrs Reding.


31/05/2014 - Vice-President Viviane Reding reacts to new announcements on the 'right to be forgotten'

As Google announced it would take the necessary measures to comply with the European Court of Justice's landmark ruling from 13 May on the right to be forgotten, Vice-President Reding said the following: "It is a good development that Google has announced that it will finally take the necessary measures to respect European law. It was about time since European data protection laws exist since 1995. It took the European Court of Justice to say so. The right to be forgotten and the right to free information are not foes but friends."


26/05/2014 - Vice-President Viviane Reding is back to business handling Justice matters

After over a month of unpaid electoral leave from the European Commission, Vice-President Reding – who got the direct backing of voters in Luxembourg in the European elections – is back to the work stations as the EU's Justice Commissioner. "It is good to see that justice issues were well taken care of by the European Court of Justice during my electoral leave: from data protection to free movement, the Court kept a close eye on the respect of European law. With more challenges in the area of justice coming up in the next weeks, I am looking forward to delivering on what I promised citizens during the campaign: putting Europe at their service!", said Viviane Reding.


18/04/2014 - Vice-President Viviane Reding on electoral leave from the European Commission

Since Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding is standing as the leading candidate of Luxembourg’s Christian-Democratic Party (CSV) in the European Parliament elections of 25 May she is taking electoral leave. This unpaid leave has been granted in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Commissioners . The leave will last until 25 May. During this time this website will not be updated.  Commissioner Johannes Hahn will take interim responsibility for the portfolio of Vice-President Reding. You can visit Commissioner Hahn's website here


14/04/2014 - Fundamental Rights: Importance of EU Charter grows and gender equality sees steady progress

The European Commission places fundamental rights at the heart of all EU policies. As a result, citizens benefit increasingly from better fundamental rights protection and European and national courts become more and more aware of the importance of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights applying it in their judgments. These are the main findings of the Commission's fourth Fundamental Rights report that Vice-President Viviane Reding presented.


10/04/2014 - Viviane Reding déplore le décès de Dominique Baudis et rend hommage à un grand homme

C’est avec une profonde tristesse que j’apprends le décès de Dominique Baudis. Son action et ses combats courageux en matière de respect des droits, des libertés et son investissement dans la  promotion de l’égalité sont et resteront un exemple à suivre.