The Supervisor participates in a wide range of conferences and meetings. He is also invited to contribute editorials to newspapers, magazines and journals. You can find his speeches and articles, as well as our speaking engagements policy, in this section.


Supervision Conference: Data protection and criminal justice

The European Data Protection Supervisor - EDPS, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation - Eurojust, and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office - EPPO, are hosting a conference on data protection in the field of criminal justice in the EU.

  • When: 29 November 2022 from 8:45 to 18:00 CET
  • Where: Borschette Conference Centre, Brussels, Belgium / Online

The event will bring together data protection experts, criminal law practitioners and policymakers to reflect on data protection in criminal prosecution and judicial cooperation in the EU.

Taking stock of the latest developments concerning EPPO and Eurojust, we will discuss their impact on the related data protection framework. We will also consider the EDPS’ role as a supervisory authority and the ways to improve cooperation and compliance between the various organisations.

The conference is also an opportunity to continue the reflections started during the EDPS Conference 2022 - The future of data protection: Effective enforcement in the digital world. Participants will debate on how to ensure effective enforcement of data protection rules in the area of criminal law both at European and at national levels.

The three topics that will be covered during the conference are:

  • the recent changes in Eurojust’s legislative framework and their impact on the way the agency processes personal data;
  • a review of the first year of EPPO’s operations, in particular, the challenges and opportunities related to its heterogenic structure;
  • the potential improvements in the governance model to make supervision more effective and better coordinated at European and national level.

The conference agenda and speakers' bios are available on the dedicated page. 

If you missed the event or you want to re-play the discussion, you can watch the full recording of the conference from here:


You can also read the opening remarks by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, as well as the presentations delivered during the conference, which are available here below:



Workshop: Data Protection within International Organisations 2022

The EDPS and the World Food Programme are co-organising the 2022 edition of the Data Protection Workshop within International Organisations. The workshop will take place on 12–13 May at the WFP premises in Rome.

This workshop, initiated by the EDPS in 2005, aims to bring together international organisations to:

  • Share experience and best practice in the field of data protection and analyse its impact as part of good governance within international organisations;
  • Summarise the most recent regulatory developments at international level in the area of privacy and data protection and analyse the potential implications of such developments for international organisations;
  • Analyse the state of play of data protection within international organisations;
  • Discuss the progress made since the last workshop

Although the EDPS hosted an online edition in October 2020, the last in-person meeting took place in 2019, before COVID-19 went global. The data protection landscape has been impacted dramatically by the pandemic and subsequent events requiring IOs to act, particularly in the humanitarian field. The workshop’s rationale of bringing together international organisations to share experience, practice and analysis of common challenges appears more relevant than ever. Topics to be discussed include data subjects' rights, data breach response, international data transfers, privacy risk management and disinformation.


EU Open Day Brussels


The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) are taking part in the EU Open Day 2022.


Saturday 7th May 2022, from 10 am to 6pm (CEST)


The Berlaymont Building, Ground Floor, Digital Village

Brussels, Belgium


To celebrate Europe Day, join us to learn more about your privacy and data protection rights at our EDPS-EDPB stand at the Digital Village in the Berlaymont Building. EDPS and EDPB staff will be on hand to answer your questions related to privacy, personal data and data protection! As a bonus, we have planned a variety of activities suitable for parents, young adults and children to take part in, with a chance for you to win goodie bags.

After two years, the Open Day of the EU Institutions is back with an in-person event, as part of the Europe Day celebrations. This year, to celebrate the historical Schuman Declaration anniversary (9th of May), the EU institutions shall focus on youth engagement in the context of the European Year of Youth. Europe needs the vision, insights, and participation of young people to build a better future, more inclusive and respectful, digital and sustainable at the same time.

The EDPS, as the European Union’s (EU) independent data protection authority, focuses its main efforts in ensuring the protection of personal data and privacy when EU institutions and bodies process the personal information of individuals. The EDPB contributes to the consistent application of data protection rules throughout the European Union and promotes cooperation between the data protection authorities of the European Economic Area.

Whether shopping online, using a smartphone or applying for jobs, data protection affects us all, so be sure to visit our stand to find out more!


An Orwellian Premonition: a discussion on the perils of biometric surveillance

EDPS - EDPB Trainees Conference July 2021
“An Orwellian Premonition: a discussion on the perils of biometric surveillance”

On April 21st 2021, the European Commission presented its Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down harmonised roles on Artificial Intelligence (AI). In the Joint Opinion 5/2021 of the EDPB and the EDPS it is stressed that the Proposal has important data protection and privacy implications. With a focus on biometric surveillance, the EDPS and EDPB trainees explore possible implications stemming from the Commission's Proposal and invite you to participate in an engaging discussion.

The EDPS and EDPB adopt a strong stance on AI in their Joint Opinion, calling for a general ban on any use of AI for an automated recognition of human features in publicly accessible spaces and on biometric categorisation, noting that it affects human dignity to have a computer predict or classify individuals’ future behaviour without their consent.

It is on the back of this heightened call to action that the trainees wish to shed further light on the the perils associated with the use of biometric surveillance.

Against this backdrop, the EDPS and EDPB trainees invite you to their conference entitled “An Orwellian Premonition: a discussion on the perils of biometric surveillance”.

In case you missed the event you can watch it here.



14:30 - 14:45

Welcome and Opening remarks

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor

14:45 - 15:05

Presentation of the EDPS-EDPB Joint Opinion

Vitor Bernado, EDPS (Technology & Privacy Unit)

15:05 - 16:00

Panel Discussion

Moderation: Isabel Hahn, EDPS Trainee



  • Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna (Future of Privacy Forum)
  • Alan Dahi (NOYB)
  • Ella Jakubowska (European Digital Rights)
  • Michael Veale (UCL, Faculty of Laws)
  • Vitor Bernardo, EDPS (Technology & Privacy Unit)

16:00 - 16:30


Q&A Session to the Panel


16:30 - 16:45 Session closing

Gwendal Le Grand, CNIL Deputy Secretary-General

Taline Akkaya, EDPS Trainee


The webinar is a public event and free of charge.

The webinar will be recorded. If you do not want to be recorded as a participant, simply mute your audio and disable your video.

To find out how we process your personal data, please read the Data Protection Notice.

For any other enquiry, please contact





Data for the public good: Building a healthier digital future

On Monday 25 January from 14:30-16:50, the EDPS will host an online side event in the margins of the 2021 CPDP conference:  Data for the public good: building a healthier digital future.
Our aim is to assess, in broad terms, the impact of measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and identify ways in which data can be used to be better prepared for the next one.
The online event will comprise two sessions and engage experts from the public health community in the EU and other international organisations to consider:

1) Which of the current emergency measures will remain and become our “new normal”?
What are the criteria that define the need for a temporary emergency measure? How do we determine when it is no longer necessary? What measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have and haven’t worked? Can an assessment already be done? How did data enhance the effectiveness of the measures? Were the measures necessary and proportionate? 

Our distinguished speakers for this session are Professor Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel, EU substantive law, Liege Competition and Innovation Institute; Dr Andrea Ammon, Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control; Mr Vincent Cassard, Deputy Head of the Data Protection Office, International Committee of the Red Cross; and Ms Iverna McGowan, Director, Europe Centre for Democracy and Technology.


2) How can we ensure a safer and healthier digital future?
How can data be used to be better prepared for the next pandemic? How should data be used to further contain and increase societal resilience in case of future outbreaks? What types of technologies and sensors are likely to become more prevalent and what impact would this have on data protection?  When is data use in the public interest? How can we mitigate the potential adverse effects for fundamental rights in the long term?  How can we promote digital solidarity so that data and technology works for all people in Europe, especially the most vulnerable?

Tackling these questions are our esteemed speakers Mr Peter Arlett, Head of Data Analytics and Methods Task Force and Ms Sabine Brosch, Data Protection Coordinator, Clinical Studies and Manufacturing Task Force, European Medicines Agency; Ms Ioana Maria Gligor, Head of Unit European Reference Networks and digital health and Ms Isabelle Chatelier, Policy Officer, Data and digital health, DG SANTE, European Commission; and Professor Olaf Klungel, Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods and head of the division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology, Utrecht University.


Join us in this pertinent discussion on how data protection can enhance the efforts of genuine scientific research and better understand the needs for epidemiological surveillance.
Registration closed.


  1. Presentation by the European Commission on the European Health Data Space
  2. Presentation by the European Medicine Agency: Healthcare data in medicines regulation
  3. Presentation by prof. Olaf Klungel, University of Utrecht: Routine Health Care Data as a resource for Post-Approval Safety and Effectiveness Assessment of Medicines