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Commissioner Jourová: Concluding the EU Data Protection Reform is essential


28 January celebrates data protection day. "On this day, citizens and businesses are waiting for the modernisation of data protection rules to catch up with the digital age. (…). Ensuring trust will allow the European Digital Single Market to live up to its full potential.(…).EU Data Protection reform also includes new rules for police and criminal justice authorities when they exchange data across the EU. This is very timely, not least in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. There is need to continue and to intensify our law enforcement cooperation. Robust data protection rules will foster more effective cooperation based on mutual trust."

Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Jourová said in a joint-statement. The conclusion of the Data protection reform is one of the Commission's top priorities for 2015. After the European Parliament backed the Commission's proposal in March 2014, the Council has done considerable progress and the reform should be finalised by the end of this year.