The Reform of European Data Protection Legislation

EIF Dinner Debate


On 25 January the European Commission proposed a major reform of the European data protection rules.

The key objectives are to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy through a single law, which should replace the current fragmented legal situation and reduce the costly administrative burden. At this dinner debate the Commission will present its proposal for a regulation to replace the 1995 Directive. We will hear expectations and concerns from business and a reaction from the European Parliament's side. The discussion will focus on the potential benefits of more harmonisation but also the risks of additional costs, the impact of the proposal on innovation and issues linked to cross-border data transfers, which are essential in a global digital economy. As always there will be ample room to address other aspects of the Commission's initiative.

EIF DINNER DEBATE - 24/04/2012

Welcome and introductory remarks

Alexander Alvaro, Vice-President of the European Parliament and EIF Governor


Françoise Le Bail, Director-General for DG Justice, European Commission

Carlos Lopez Blanco, Director of International Office, Telefónica

Alexander Alvaro, Vice-President of the European Parliament and EIF Governor

Exchange of views with participants
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