European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

The Supervisor

The Supervisor

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor, was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council. Assigned for a five year term, he took office on 6 December 2019.

The transparent selection procedure which led to his appointment involved the three major EU institutions as follows:

  • A public call for candidates  for the Supervisor posts resulted in the most competent applicants being shortlisted by an inter-institutional selection board;
  • Following interviews with the shortlisted candidates, the selection board presented the European Commission with their recommendations for its review and submission to the European Parliament and the Council.
  • Hearings to evaluate the experiences, skills and independence of the candidates took place in the European Parliament. A joint decision  of the Parliament and Council was reached following their deliberations.

Read the code of conduct we have adopted for the European Data Protection Supervisor.

Former members

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Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS 2014-2019

Giovanni Buttarelli served as EDPS from December 2014 to 2019, contributing with his vision to forging global partnerships and making the supervisory authority a center of excellence for data protection. He passed away in Italy on 20 August 2019, shortly before the end of his mandate.

Prior to his appointment as EDPS, Mr Buttarelli served as Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor from January 2009 to December 2014. Before joining the EDPS, he was Secretary General at the Italian Data Protection Authority from 1997-2009. As a Cassation judge in the Italian judiciary, he has long been involved in many initiatives and committees on data protection and related issues at international level.

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Peter Hustinx, EDPS 2004-2014
Peter Hustinx served as EDPS from January 2004, contributing to the building of the new supervisory authority and developing its role at the EU level. He was reappointed for a second five-year term of office in January 2009.

Prior to his appointment as EDPS, Mr Hustinx worked as the President of the Dutch Data Protection Authority as from 1991. Between 1996 and 2000, he was Chairman of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.

His long standing experience in the field also extends to the broader European level; covering work as an expert in the Committee which prepared the Council of Europe Convention on data protection (No. 108). He also has data protection experience from the law enforcement field, having been Chairman of the Appeals Committee of the Joint Supervisory Body of Europol, and Chairman of the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files.

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Joaquín Bayo Delgado, Assistant Supervisor 2004-2009

Mr Bayo Delgado was Assistant EDPS from 2004 to 2009, contributing to the building up of the new institution and putting into practice the EDPS supervisory tasks.

Prior to his appointment as Assistant EDPS, he served as a judge in Spain from 1989. He was elected Chief Judge of the Barcelona bench of judges, and was then responsible for judicial data bases in the city. Mr Bayo Delgado also worked as a member of the IT Committee of the Spanish Council of the Judiciary. He was active as an expert to the Council of Europe in programs relating to the judiciary for Central and Eastern European countries since 1989.