Prior-checking Opinion regarding a procedure for avoiding conflicts of interest at the European Ombudsman (EDPS case 2017-1064)
Conflicts of Interest
Opinion on a notification for prior checking concerning the internal whistleblowing procedure of the Committee of the Regions (Case 2015-0897)
Opinion on a notification for prior checking regarding "External cases of potential fraud and/or other financial irregularities" at the the Research Executive Agency (REA) (Case 2013-1038)
Opinion on notifications for prior checking received from the Data Protection Officer of the European Commission regarding the declaration of conflicts of interest (Cases 2013-1275, 1277, 1278, 1279, 1280, 1281, 1282)
2014 was a year of transition for the EDPS, marked by the delayed selection and appointment of a new Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor. Despite the resulting uncertainty, the EDPS under the calm authority and tireless efforts of Peter Hustinx, whose 10-year tenure as EDPS drew to a close in 2014, continued to make significant progress in mainstreaming data protection in EU policymaking.
Building on this legacy, the EDPS' priorities for 2015, as part of the five year strategy of the dynamic team of new Supervisors, is to help the EU to speak with one voice on data protection to uphold the rights and interests of the individual in our digitalised society. To this end, the adoption of the data protection reform will be a significant milestone for Europe and an important message to the rest of the world.