European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Common Foreign and Security Policy

Common Foreign and Security Policy

EU Member states have committed themselves to a Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), which aims to strengthen the EU's ability to act in Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management and to influence policies violating international law or human rights, or other policies that don’t respect the rule of law or democratic principles.

Proposals relating to legislation or agreements in the areas of CFSP often have implications for the fundamental right to the protection of personal data and relate to the EDPS mission in different ways.

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07/05/2014
7
May
2014

Processing of personal data with regard to the freezing of assets - Council

Opinion of 7 May 2014 on the notification for prior checking received from the Data Protection Officer of the Council of the European Union regarding the processing of personal data for restrictive measures with regard to the freezing of assets - Council (Case 2012-0724, 2012-0725, 2012-0726)

09/12/2011
9
Dec
2011

EDPS comments on various legislative proposals concerning certain restrictive measures with regard to Afghanistan, Syria and Burma/Myanmar

Letter to the President of the Council of the European Union on various legislative proposals concerning certain restrictive measures with regard to Afghanistan, Syria and Burma/Myanmar

16/03/2011
16
Mar
2011

Various legislative proposals concerning certain restrictive measures, with regard to Iran, in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, in Côte d'Ivoire, in Belarus, in Tunisia, in Libya and in Egypt

EDPS letter concerning various legislative proposals concerning certain restrictive measures, with regard to Iran, in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, in Côte d'Ivoire, in Belarus, in Tunisia, in Libya and in Egypt.

20/07/2010
20
Jul
2010

Comments on three legislative proposals concerning certain restrictive measures

Letter on three legislative proposals concerning certain restrictive measures, namely with regard to Mr Milosevic and persons associated with him, in support of the mandate of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and in respect of Eritrea

On 20 July the EDPS sent a letter to the three Commission, European Parliament and Council reaffirming his position that data protection principles and necessary restrictions to them should be comprehensively and clearly laid down also in the area of restrictive measures taken by EU institutions with regard to certain individuals.

The Commission proposals envisage fighting terrorism or human rights abuses by imposing restrictive measures - notably, asset-freezing and travel bans - on natural and legal persons suspected of being associated with terrorist organisations and/or on certain governments. To this end, the European Commission publishes and publicises "blacklists" of the natural or legal persons concerned. In this case, the restrictive measures are proposed with regard to Mr Milosevic and persons associated with him, in support of the mandate of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and in respect of Eritrea.

By referring to two previous EDPS opinions of July and December 2009, the letter recalls that ensuring data protection in this area entails providing adequate information, access of listed individuals to their own personal data, adequate protection when data are exchanged with third countries or international organisations, the effectiveness of judicial remedies, and that necessary restrictions to data protection rights are clearly defined and thus foreseeable.

In conclusion, the EDPS stresses that - one year after the first EDPS opinion in this area and several months after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty - it is now the right time for the EU legislator to address in a detailed, comprehensive and consistent way the issue of data protection in relation to restrictive measures, developing a policy that would enhance not only the protection of fundamental rights, but also the legal certainty and the effectiveness of the measures taken.

16/12/2009
16
Dec
2009

Restrictive measures in respect of Somalia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Korea and Guinea

Opinion on various legislative proposals imposing certain specific restrictive measures in respect of Somalia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Korea and Guinea, OJ C 73, 23.03.2010, p.1

28/07/2009
28
Jul
2009

Restrictive measures in respect of Al Qaida and the Taliban

Opinion on the proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities associated with Usama bin Laden, the Al-Qaida network and the Taliban, OJ C 276, 17.11.2009, p. 1

05/03/2009
5
Mar
2009

Organs donation and transplantation: EDPS calls for enhanced security measures at national and cross-border levels

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the Commission's proposal for a Directive on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation. The proposal provides for national quality programmes to advance organs donation and transplantation, including a traceability mechanism to ensure that all organs can be traced from donation to reception and vice versa.

26/11/2007
26
Nov
2007

Court of Auditors's internet security policy

Comments on the Court of Auditors's internet security policy