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Data Protection Day 2014: Vice-President Reding calls for a new data protection compact for Europe


Two years after the European Commission proposed a major reform of the EU’s data protection rules to make them fit for the 21 century (IP/12/46), considerable progress has been made (MEMO/14/60 from 27 January). In October 2013, the European Parliament's leading Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted by a large majority to back the Commission’s proposals (MEMO/13/923pdf Choose translations of the previous link ). Ministers in the Justice Council have meanwhile held numerous discussions on the proposals but not yet agreed on a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament. Today, on European Data Protection Day, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner in a speech at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) called for a "Data Protection Compact for Europe" (SPEECH/14/62). European Commission experts will answer questions about data protection in a live Twitter chat from 12.00 to 13.30 CET. Join the chat using the #EUdataP and #EUchat hashtags.