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February 4 2016

EU Council reaches common position on draft data protection directive

The EU Council has agreed its negotiating position on the draft Data Protection Directive for the law enforcement area.
This in an important step as the Trilogue parties working on the EU Draft DP Regulation had agreed that the two instruments needed to be adopted as a package. It also signals that many of the key issue may have been resolved as some of the concepts are the same in the Regulation and the Directive.
This agreement enables the Luxembourg Presidency to also start discussions with the European Parliament on this part of the data protection package. The Trilogue parties aim to finish negotiations on the two instruments by the end of this year.
According to the EU Council, EU Member States may provide nationally higher safeguards than the ones set out in the Directive.