Commitment to agree the framework text in 2015
Published 29 April 2015
Bruno Gencarelli (European Commission, Head of Data Protection Unit) speaking at the IAPP Conference in London this month made it clear that the expectation within Europe was that the text of the new data protection regulation would be agreed by the end of 2015.
However he also pointed out that we could expect that, over the ensuing two year transition period, the principles would be further refined and developed, as the European Commission engaged in discussions with the European Data Protection Authorities and industry bodies. This therefore suggests that the conclusion of the formal negotiations over the new regulation will not bring the process of developing European data protection principles to an end.
The Council are currently in the process of agreeing their draft of the EU Data Protection Regulation (following the texts produced by the Commission and the European Parliament). The Latvian presidency has committed to ensuring the completion of this Council Draft by the end of their presidency in June. The trialogue procedure to then agree the finalised text will begin and was expected to take between 6 and 24 months. The reality may therefore be nearer 6 months than previously thought.