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Regulation 45/2001

Regulation 45/2001

Regulation 45/2001 lays down the obligations for the EU institutions when they process personal data such as the obligation for each of them to appoint a Data Protection Officer. It is also the Regulation that established the European Data Protection Supervisor to be the independent data protection authority who is tasked to ensure that the right to privacy is respected by European institutions and bodies and advise the EU legislator on subjects that have data protection implications. This Regulation is currently under review in order to be brought in line with the General Data Protection Regulation. The European Commission published a proposal on 10 January 2017

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09/05/2013
9
May
2013

Information brochure 2009

In the context of the EDPS' second mandate (2009-2014), a new information brochure has been developed in the first half of 2009.

Aimed at the public at large, the brochure provides information on the competences and duties of the EDPS, the data subjects' rights, the role of Data Protection Officers and the procedure for lodging a complaint to the EDPS. It also contains tips and short explanations on key notions about the role of the EDPS and the protection of personal data in the EU administration.

You can obtain a paper version of this brochure on EU Bookshop.

The European Data Protection Supervisor and the protection of personal data in Community institutions and bodiesPDF icon
25/01/2013
25
Jan
2013

Factsheet 2 - Transparency in the EU administration: Your right to access documents

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The European institutions and bodies make decisions and adopt legislation that affect the lives of all citizens in European Member States. As a citizen you have the right to know why, how and who is involved in making these decisions and laws. Factsheet 4 explains your right of access to the documents prepared in these activities.

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13/12/2012
13
Dec
2012

Statute and funding of European political parties

Opinion of 13 December 2012 the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for a Regulation on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations

04/05/2012
4
May
2012

Luxembourg

Resolution on the European data protection reform

31/01/2012
31
Jan
2012

Factsheet 1 - Your personal information and the EU administration: What are your rights?

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Everyone is entitled to protect their personal information. Data protection is a fundamental right, protected by European law and enshrined in Article 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. EDPS Factsheet 1 provides you with information on your data protection rights and how to exercise them.

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23/01/2012
23
Jan
2012

General Report "Survey 2011"

General Report on "Measuring compliance with Regulation (EC) 45/2001 in EU institutions and bodies (“Survey 2011”)"

19/12/2011
19
Dec
2011

Amended proposal on OLAF Regulation No 1073/1999

Letter concerning a new Article and recital in the amended proposal on OLAF Regulation No 1073/1999.

See also EDPS opinion on Investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

01/06/2011
1
Jun
2011

Investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1073/1999 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and repealing Regulation (EURATOM) No 1074/1999 (Case 2011-0029), OJ C 279/02, 23.09.2011, p.11

The EDPS has adopted an opinion on a proposal for a Regulation which is intended to modify the current rules concerning investigations conducted by OLAF. The stated aim of the proposal is to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of OLAF, while safeguarding its investigative independence.

The EDPS supports the objectives of the proposed amendments and, in this respect, welcomes the proposal. However, despite the overall positive impression, the EDPS considers that from the point of view of the protection of personal data, the proposal could be further improved without jeopardising the objectives that it pursues.

Therefore the EDPS makes a number of recommendations that should be addressed by the modification of the text, and most importantly:

  • the proposal should clearly mention the right to information of the different categories of data subjects, as well as the right of access and rectification in relation to all the phases of the investigations carried out by OLAF;
  • the proposal should clarify the relationship between the need for confidentiality of the investigations and the data protection regime applicable during the investigations;
  • the proposal should clarify the general data protection principles on the basis of which OLAF can transmit and receive information, including personal data, with other EU bodies and agencies, third countries and international organisations;
  • the provisions of the proposal should give the Director General the task of ensuring that a strategic and comprehensive overview of the different processing operations of OLAF is carried out, kept up to date and made transparent, or at least that the need for this should be explained in a recital.
20/12/2010
20
Dec
2010

European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)

13/12/2010
13
Dec
2010

Monitoring and Ensuring Compliance with Regulation (EC) 45/2001

Monitoring and Ensuring Compliance with Regulation (EC) 45/2001, Policy Paper

13/12/2010
13
Dec
2010

Monitoring and Ensuring Compliance with Regulation (EC) 45/2001

Monitoring and Ensuring Compliance with Regulation (EC) 45/2001

11/11/2010
11
Nov
2010
21/04/2010
21
Apr
2010

Citizens' initiative

Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the citizens' initiative

See also the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the citizens’ initiative

16/12/2009
16
Dec
2009
13/11/2009
13
Nov
2009

Implementing rules concerning Regulation (EC) n° 45/2001

Comments of the EDPS concerning the Preliminar draft decision of the Executive Committee of the EACEA adopting implementing rules concerning Regulation  (EC) n° 45/2001 (Case 2009-656)

16/07/2009
16
Jul
2009
23/06/2009
23
Jun
2009

Data protection compliance in the EU administration: EDPS reports overall good progress and will step up verification in practice

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued his second general report measuring progress made in the implementation of data protection rules and principles by Community institutions and bodies, as laid down in the Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 45/2001).

22/06/2009
22
Jun
2009

General report "Spring 2009"

Rapport général concernant l'"évaluation du respect du règlement (CE) n° 45/2001 au sein des institutions et organes de l'UE"

08/04/2009
8
Apr
2009

Collection of statistical information by the ECB

Opinion on the Recommendation for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2533/98 concerning the collection of statistical information by the European Central Bank, OJ C 192, 15.08.2009, p. 1

On 23 November 1998, the Council of the European Union adopted Regulation (EC) No 2533/98 concerning the collection of statistical information by the European Central Bank (ECB). In order to maintain this Regulation as an effective instrument to carry out the statistical information collection tasks of the European System of Central Banks, the Governing Council of the European Central Bank adopted a Recommendation for a Council Regulation amending Regulation No 2533/98.

The Opinion analyses the Recommendation and gives some further reflexion on the relation between statistical confidentiality and data protection.

More specifically the EDPS:

  • welcomes that the proposed amendments contain a specific reference to the data protection legal framework;
  • underlines the need for further clarification of some concepts common to data protection and statistics;
  • considers that the purpose limitation principle should be ensured in the widening of scope of the Regulation;
  • stresses the need to assess the necessity of processing payment statistics which may contain personal information about natural persons;
  • advocates for further collaboration between the European Statistical System and the ECB in view of ensuring the respect of the data quality principle as well as the data minimization principle;
  • suggests that access to statistical information for research purposes should be provided in such a way that the reporting agent cannot be identified, either directly or indirectly, when account is taken of all relevant means that might reasonably be used by a third party.
17/03/2009
17
Mar
2009

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