European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Judicial Cooperation

Judicial Cooperation

The aim of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters is to ensure a high level of safety for individuals in the EU by preventing and combating crime.

The cooperation takes place between national police forces and national judicial authorities with the help of EU agencies such as Eurojust, Europol and the European Judicial Network where needed. This cooperation involves the collection and exchange of information on people.

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24/07/2018
24
Jul
2018

EDPS Comments on review of OLAF Regulation

Formal comments of the EDPS on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) as regards cooperation with the European public Prosecutor’s Office and the effectiveness of OLAF investigations.

15/02/2018
15
Feb
2018

Proposal for a recast of Brussels IIa Regulation

EDPS Opinion on the proposal for a recast of Brussels IIa Regulation

31/10/2014
31
Oct
2014

Newsletter Nr. 43

The October 2014 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers the upcoming appointment of a new team of EDPS Supervisors, the EDPS Position Paper on international data transfers and many other EDPS activities.

05/09/2014
5
Sep
2014

European e-Justice Portal

Opinion on the Commission Decision on the protection of personal data in the European e-Justice Portal

04/06/2014
4
Jun
2014

Future development of the area of freedom, security and justice

Opinion on the future development of the area of freedom, security and justice

01/04/2014
1
Apr
2014

2013 Annual report - A single set of rules for all: EU Data Protection Reform can support businesses and protect citizens

In 2013, in the context of his consultation work advising on new legislative measures, the review of the EU legal framework for data protection continued to be at the top of the EDPS agenda and will remain a priority in 2014. The Digital Agenda and the privacy risks of new technologies were also significant features of 2013.

The implementation of the Stockholm programme in the area of freedom, security and justice and issues in the internal market, such as financial sector reform, and in public health and consumer affairs, also had an impact on data protection. The EDPS also increased his cooperation with other supervisory authorities, particularly with regard to large-scale IT systems.

In the supervision of EU institutions and bodies, when processing personal data, the EDPS interacted with more data protection officers in more institutions and bodies in 2013 than ever before. In addition, a number of EDPS surveys revealed that most EU institutions and bodies, including many agencies, have made good progress in complying with the data protection Regulation, although there are still some which should increase their efforts.

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05/03/2014
5
Mar
2014

Package of legislative measures reforming Eurojust

Opinion on the package of legislative measures reforming Eurojust and setting up the European Public Prosecutor's Office ('EPPO')    

17/01/2014
17
Jan
2014

Data matching to combat social security fraud

EDPS Comments on the exchange of personal data to combat fraud and error in the field of cross-border social security coordination under Regulations (EC) Nos 883/2004 and 987/2009
EC request of 13 November 2013 for formal opinion on the exchange of personal data to combat fraud and error in the field of cross border social security coordination under Regulations (EC) Nos 883/2004 and 987/2009

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24/10/2013
24
Oct
2013
10/09/2013
10
Sep
2013

Complaints and Requests - F4E

Letter concerning ex-post prior-checking notification regarding F4E's "Complaints and Requests" (Case 2013-0709)

28/06/2013
28
Jun
2013
20/06/2013
20
Jun
2013

The Stockholm Programme: State of play regarding police and judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters

Speech delivered by Peter Hustinx at the Inter-Parliamentary Committee Meeting, European Parliament, Brussels.

29/05/2013
29
May
2013

2012 Annual report - 'Smart, sustainable, inclusive Europe' : only with stronger and more effective data protection

In the course of 2012, we once again set new benchmarks in different areas of activity. In the supervision of EU institutions and bodies, when processing personal data, we interacted with more data protection officers in more institutions and bodies than ever before. In addition, we saw the effects of our new enforcement policy: most EU institutions and bodies, including many agencies, are making good progress in complying with the Data Protection Regulation, although there are still some which should increase their efforts.

In the consultation of new legislative measures, we issued a record number of opinions on a wide range of subjects. The Review of the EU legal framework for data protection was at the top of our agenda. However, the implementation of the Stockholm programme in the area of freedom, security and justice and the Digital Agenda, as well as issues in the internal market, such as financial sector reform and in public health and consumer affairs, also had an impact on data protection. We also increased our cooperation with other supervisory authorities.

You can get a paper version of this Annual Report from the EU Bookshop.

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27/03/2013
27
Mar
2013

Insolvency proceedings

Opinion on the Commission proposal for a Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 on insolvency proceedings

31/01/2012
31
Jan
2012
17/10/2011
17
Oct
2011

Legislative package on the victims of crime

Opinion on the legislative package on the victims of crime, including a proposal for a Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of the victims of crime and a proposal for a Regulation on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters, OJ C 35/02, 09.02.2012, p.10

13/10/2011
13
Oct
2011

European Account Preservation Order

Opinion on a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council creating a European Account Preservation Order to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters, OJ C 373/03, 21.12.2011, p.4

20/09/2011
20
Sep
2011

EDPS comments on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters

Letter to Ms Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission on a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters

On 20 September 2011 the EDPS commented on the proposal for a Regulation on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. The EDPS highlighted the importance, also in the area of data protection, of facilitating the settlement of cross-border disputes. The EDPS emphasized the need for further reflection on some of the issues raised in the proposal, also in the context of the ongoing review of the data protection framework in the EU.

- In particular, the EDPS encouraged further reflection on whether jurisdictional rules should protect the weaker party also in data protection litigation (as is already the case in employment, insurance and consumer protection matters).
- With regard to the retention of the exequatur for privacy, defamation, and rights relating to personality, and the possibility to deny recognition of judgments on public policy grounds in these cases, the EDPS noted the need for a strict interpretation of those exceptions, since there is a risk that the public policy ground could be used to deny recognition of judgments, and thus, ultimately discourage cross-border litigation within the EU.
- The EDPS further emphasized that it is not clear whether the above exception for privacy rights is intended to cover also violations of legal rules for the processing of personal data as provided for in the Data Protection Directive, and if so, to which extent this may be the case. This may create problems of interpretation and will not contribute to the legal certainty that the proposal aims to establish.
- Finally, the EDPS also encouraged further reflection on how to better align the courts' jurisdiction with the competence of data protection authorities. The two sets of jurisdictional rules should be aligned to avoid, whenever possible, that a data protection authority in one Member State, and a court in another Member State would be competent to handle disputes arising out of the same facts.

Letter of 20 September 2011 to Ms Viviane RedingPDF icon
Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial mattersPDF icon
Draft report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (COM(2010)0748 – C7-0433/2010 – 2010/0383(COD))PDF icon
15/06/2011
15
Jun
2011

2010 Annual Report - An increased effort is required to ensure effective data protection in practice

"The Annual Report clearly shows that 2010 has been a very busy, dynamic, but also very productive year for everyone at the EDPS and for data protection in general. This is fully in line with the need to increase our efforts to ensure a more effective protection of privacy and personal data in a changing world which is increasingly global, Internet driven and dependent on the wide spread use of ICTs in all areas of life. This trend affects every single one of us, so it is crucially important for the EU as a whole and for the activities of the EU administration." Peter Hustinx, EDPS

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08/04/2011
8
Apr
2011

Intellectual Property Rights Directive

EDPS response to the Commission's Consultation on its Report on the application of Intellectual Property Rights Directive.

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