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Commission's First Report on the transposition of the Data Protection Directive

Article 33 of the Directive requires the Commission to make regular reports on the transposition of the Directive. This first report has been postponed until now as a result of the delays in the transposition in Member States. It is based on a broad consultation exercise during 2002. The report comes to the conclusion that the Directive has broadly achieved its aim of ensuring strong protection for privacy while making it easier for personal data to be moved around the EU. However, late transposition by Member States and differences in the ways the Directive is applied at national level have prevented Europe's economy from getting the full benefit of the Directive. The report proposes a work plan to reduce those differences, based on cooperation among Member States and between Member States and the Commission:

The report is accompanied by a technical analysis that looks at the transposition in Member States in more detail, analyses the impact of the Directive on the internal market and in particular examines the application of the Directive to the data processing of image and sound personal data as required by Article 33 of the Directive.