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January 15 2014

Where Next for the Draft Data Protection Regulation?

"The EU 's Work on Data Protection Reform continues following the vote of the EU Parliament 's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to adopt compromise amendments. The 104 compromise amendments represent a consolidation of proposals submitted by various European Parliament committees. The approval of these amendments represents a significant milestone in the progress of the legislation, the amendments now framing Parliament 's negotiating position with the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. As part of the LIBE vote, the Rapporteurs guiding the draft Data Protection Regulation and the separate directive for the law enforcement sector through the Parliament, Members of European Parliament Mr. Albrecht and Mr. Droutsas, have also been given a mandate to begin negotiations with the Council under the trilogue procedure. Use of the trilogue procedure enables the institutions to negotiate informally upon legislation subject to the EU ordinary legislative procedure, with a view to more legislation being finalized at the first and second reading stages. Despite progress in Parliament and the assumed start of trilogue negotiations, it remains unclear how quickly the reform can complete the EU 's ordinary legislative procedure. The next meeting of the Council 's JHA committee is scheduled for 6 December 2013, when more progress is expected to be made towards adopting a negotiating position, known as a ""common approach."" "